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 21st.
- Request to be a part of the Georgia Pollinator Census Facebook page and follow up on Instagram @gapollinators. Educational snippets are being shared through social media 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!
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.
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. Becca Stackhouse of UGA Extension 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 Links
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