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Integrated Pest Management (IPM) for Schools: Curricula
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Monitoring for pests is a key component for a successful IPM plan. Success relies upon identification of a pest species, and understanding their biology and habitat requirements. Pest problems within schools can create real-world ecological problem-solving opportunities and models. In a problem-solving model, students might become aware of possible problems with pests, at which time they could employ a variety of tactics to prevent pest outbreaks. If a potential problem actually develops and action is required, the safest, most effective way to minimize pest activity is determined and chosen. Once the problem has been resolved, plans for ongoing monitoring needs to be designed. Thus, IPM creates a real-world ecological problem-solving model. Young children can begin simply by learning how to observe details of the world around them and identify the different organisms involved. Older children can learn about the biology and habitat of the pest and investigate the pest's habits more closely. Both can learn about their roles in preventing pesticide and pollution problems from reoccurring.

IPM curricula appropriate for all grades are available to help guide the learning process. Many are complete with lessons, activities, and teaching standards. Several also have introductory materials for children to share with parents and are designed for use in the home environment.

This section of the topic hub offers a selection of high-quality educational tools for teachers. Links to existing integrated pest management materials are provided, including the following:

  • Multidisciplinary educational K-12 materials
  • On-line curricula (many are linked to local and or national standards) and activities developed by education experts that promote IPM in schools
  • Professional development for school administrators, school boards, and educators

(Additional curricula resources are provided at the bottom of the list on the right side of this page.)

It is not within the scope of this project to offer curricula for IPM professionals and applicators. IPM certification program information for professionals varies considerably from state to state and through professional affiliations. Some guidance can be obtained through Regional IPM Centers, www.IPM


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Hub Last Updated: 5/2/2009