Science in the garden
You can do science too!
There are lots of fun insect activities you can do in your home/yard/garden. Below are detailed lesson plans and experiment outlines. These are free for you to use for private or educational purposes but please credit San Mateo and San Francisco UC Cooperative Extension.
Introduction to Insects
What makes an insect an insect?
This is a prepared powerpoint about what makes an insect an insect. It can be modified with the videos or more pictures from this website. Please credit UC Cooperative Extension when using it.
Ecosystem Services game
Game instructions ECOSYSTEM SERVICES GAME
Game cards Ecosystem Services GAME_2July2015
Biological control presentation
This PowerPoint presentation covers the basics of biological control, an insect based ecosystem service. It can be incorporated into an active garden lesson by giving the presentation then going outside to collect natural enemies.
Monitoring means observing and counting. In this case we are talking about insects, but many kinds of things can be monitored (birds, nutrients in the soil, amount of water in a river). The Basic Monitoring document and the Monitoring spreadsheet will walk you through why and how to monitor insects in around your area.