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University of Nebraska-Lincoln Department of Entomology Online Masters Program Final Project. Lincoln, Nebraska.
Introduction I have been teaching Biology and Environmental Science for the past 20 years here at Summit High School. Over that time I have incorporated insects into some of my teaching practices where it was appropriate. As I have worked my way through the Entomology program at UNL I have found myself wanting to utilize insects more as educational tools.
Materials, Methods and Discussion The purpose of this final project is to design a semester worth of entomology curriculum for high school juniors and seniors attending Summit High School in Breckenridge Colorado. This class would be an elective with the prerequisite of general biology. The length of the semester is 16 weeks and since we are on a modified block schedule the class would meet 3 days per week. Therefore, the curriculum has been designed for a total of 44 days which allows for Thanksgiving break. The course has been designed to be taken during the fall semester to insure that the field projects can be conducted before it starts to snow. These field projects can be conducted locally on public land within walking distance of the high school. The semester has been broken into 8 units of varying length and aligned with Colorado state standards for life science. All materials are linked to each unit and sources are cited at the end of each unit plan.