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!
Email Becky Griffin (beckygri@uga.edu) if you have any questions or need additional ideas or inspiration!
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 Activity:

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:

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