Resources for Educators

How can the Great Georgia Pollinator Census be part of a school STEAM program?

  • Sign up to be a part of the census.
  • Work with your school garden group to make sure you have a pollinator plant blooming during the census, Friday August 23rd.
  • Request to be a part of the Georgia Pollinator Census Facebook page.  Educational snippets are being shared through Facebook and those are easily copied for use in the classroom.
  • Use this webpage to find resources for use in your classroom leading up to the census.
  • With your supervision have your students count insects during the census and have them upload the counts to the website.
  • Since this is a true science project, we need to collect accurate data.  For younger students (pre-K, K) have them just count the number of pollinators and describe the insects.  This won’t count in our data but it will increase their insect knowledge!
Students at Maynard Jackson High School in Atlanta count insects as part of the census pilot project.
Campers at the Kid's Camp at the Research and Education Garden in Griffin created their own bee homes.
Young people learning about insects at the Atlanta Science Festival.

Featured Lesson Plan:

The Butterfly Garden STEM Challenge was created by Jessica Cook and Amy Brinson from Liberty Elementary School in Midway, Georgia for 2nd graders (although it can be adapted to other grade levels).  This lesson plans meets math, science, and ESA standards.  The challenge is to create a butterfly garden worthy of the Rosalynn Carter Butterfly Trail.  Ms. Cook and Ms. Brinson have graciously agreed to share this lesson plan with us.  

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.

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.

This webpage contains links to hundreds of lesson plans, several that would be relevant to events around the census.  

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