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Integrated Pest Management:
A curriculum module for high school science classes


Welcome educators, students, parents and friends!

This curriculum module on Integrated Pest Management helps students explore environmental health and pest management in their real life, every day environments. It has built in opportunities for students to improve pest management practices in their own homes, schools, and communities.

In 2006, North Carolina adopted the School Children's Health Act, and in October of 2011, that law will take full effect. It requires all public school districts in our state to use Integrated Pest Management (IPM), a prevention-based approach to pests that controls pest problems more effectively than conventional spraying programs while drastically reducing the risk for student and staff exposure to pesticides at school.

We designed this module according to the following principles:

  1. Teacher choice – We present the module as a menu so you can choose among options to create the best fit for your students.
  2. Student choice – At the end of the module, students can continue to explore the topics that most captivate them.
  3. Inquiry-based, collaborative learning – You can act as a resource while students work in small groups to conduct local investigations and Internet research.

Contact Toxic Free NC for assistance!

Toxic Free NC, a Raleigh non-profit environmental group, is available to help you use this module successfully with your class. Staff or volunteers from the organization may also be able to visit your class as a guest speaker, or help to arrange related field trips in your area. Please don't hesitate to contact us with your questions and ideas!

Note: All IPM module materials are free for viewing and download from this website, and may be reproduced without permission in their original formats, or modified with the following attribution:
"Adapted from materials by Toxic Free North Carolina, www.toxicfreenc.org."

Integrated Pest Management:
A curriculum module for high school science classes from Toxic Free NC

Download the complete module (PDF, 2.1 MB)

Index:

  1. Menu of Activities & Resources -- HTML | PDF
  2. Core Learning Questions -- HTML | PDF
  3. Introduction: What is IPM? -- HTML | PDF
  4. Entrees:
    1. Pests and Pesticides at School -- HTML | PDF
    2. Pests and Pesticides at Home - HTML | PDF
    3. Pests and Pesticides in Community Institutions -- HTML | PDF
    4. Tips for student phone interviews -- HTML | PDF
  5. Side Dish Activities:
    1. Drawing Pesticide Exposure -- HTML | PDF
    2. Food Coloring Environmental Exposure Demonstration -- HTML | PDF
    3. Who Makes Decisions About Pesticides? -- HTML | PDF
  6. Dessert:
    1. Take Action! -- HTML | PDF
    2. Writing as a Change Advocate -- HTML | PDF

This curriculum module is the product of a two-year collaboration between:

With special thanks to the following for their contributions, reviews, and other assistance:

We welcome your feedback! Educators, students, parents - this module is a work in progress, and we continually make improvements and add new resources and ideas. Please contact us to tell us what you think of it, and let us know if you have any suggestions for improvement!

Note: All IPM module materials are free for viewing and download from this website. They may be reproduced without permission in their original formats or you may use them with credit to Toxic Free NC and ToxicFreeNC.org.

 
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