LessonHive Goals

The Lesson Hive is a collaborative spot for collecting and evaluating arthropod lesson plans.

The Entomological Society of America Education and Outreach Committee believes entomology activities are uniquely suited to alignment with NGSS: they allow students to learn procedural aspects of STEM in a playful and active way, while also nurturing and creating in students a sense of curiosity, wonder, and excitement. 

But trying to search for great insect and arthropod lessons online can be difficult. Google says there are about 5,720,000 Insect lesson plans online! This project exists to help both educators and entomologists quickly find quality teaching materials.

Phase 1 of this project is compete: we build this portal as a collaboratory space to collect and categorize online resources so that we can know what already exists. (Did we miss you? Please submit your materials!)

A diagram showing the three stages of the lesson hive: inventory, evaluate,  and disseminate

We’re Currently in the middle of Phase 2, Evaluation.
We’ve developed a rubric to help us make decisions about what materials to include and recommend. We also plan to create resource collections around common topics (Monarchs, Pollinators, etc).

While 84% of US states have adopted Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), only about 1/2 of the entomology lesson plans we’ve found were aligned to standards teachers are required to meet by their school district. We want to develop common evaluation and rubric tools for entomologists, and to provide assistance in recognizing, aligning, and sharing their work with K-12 teachers.

Producing evidence-based and NGSS aligned curricula requires a substantial investment of time and expertise. We want to make it as easy as possible for entomologists to meet NGSS and Common Core standards in materials they produce. That will in turn make it easier for teachers to “grab and go” with these resources.

Phase 3 of this project will focus on helping entomologists disseminate their recommended teaching materials in places teachers already go — NSTA, state teacher associations, and other hubs. We are in the process of assembling a Teacher Advisory Board to help us focus on curriculum that is what teachers want — not what entomologists think teachers need.

Big Dreams for the Future:

We’d like to provide registration and travel support to help bring entomologists to NSTA and regional science teacher meetings, since we want to make it as easy as possible for teachers to find and use these resources. We want to disseminate entomology lessons in places teachers already frequent, and that are already set up for Continuing Education Credits. 

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