Resources for Educators
You can use the census as a virtual STEAM activity!
We are excited about the 2021 Census and think it will be the biggest one yet! The census is a STEAM activity that you can use in your classroom:
- Explore the links below for ideas on getting your students excited about insects and the census. Videos from the Entomological Society of America can be fun and educational! I also like pollinator haiku – Ode to the Wasp!
- Use the Powerpoint below to teach your students the entomology needed to participate.
- Join us on the Georgia Pollinator Census Facebook group to get ideas and capture educational snippets that you can use with your class. Scroll through past Fridays to find many #FunFactFridays.
- Provide each student with one of the counting forms.
- Generate excitement by having a countdown to the census.
- Use the classroom data for extra math lessons like graphing the pollinators that your class counted.
- Download the Certificate of Participation that will be available on the website beginning August 20th.
- NEW THIS YEAR: Instead of uploading counts one at a time you will be able to upload an overall tally of your student counts. Add up the counts and only upload once!
Honey Bee Roles:
Honey bees take on different roles, or chores, as they age. This activity goes through each stage using props to illustrate the roles. It is appropriate for all ages and fun for all. Download the activity instructions HERE.
Below are a few activity sheets for your classroom or summer camp. Click on the image and save to your computer for printing:
This guide contains all of the details on the census – how to count, how to identify insects that you will see, and how to submit the counts. There is also a counting sheet that can be printed to take to the garden. Feel free to print and copy this guide as many times as you need. Download the guide HERE.
Counting Sheet with Visuals:
One of the requests after last year’s count was a counting sheet with photos that students could take to the garden for counting. Kendall Xides from Oak Grove Elementary’s STEM team created this one. You can download it HERE.
This publication gives simple instruction on how to build nesting boxes for native bees, especially mason bees and leaf cutter bees. It also has photos and details on the bees that use these type of nests. Download the publication HERE.
Lesson Plan and Activity Links
Use these social media memes to generate excitement! Click on the meme and save to your computer.
Science – entomology, biology, ecology, botany
Technology – use of social media, uploading census counts to the webpage
Engineering – creating bee homes, designing pollinator gardens
Art – insect and flower origami, pollinator haiku
Math – counting insects, comparing counts with other students, creating graphs of insects seen