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Summer 2002 Workshop Summer 2003 Activities
Academic School Year 2002-2003 Activities Web-based Component


Summer 2002 Workshop

The summer workshop was a crash course in entomology!  Activities included insect identification and biology, field trips, collecting, touring the Texas A&M University Insect Collection, cockroach trapping, composting and much, much more!  For the summer workshop agenda click here.


School Year Activities

Each Academic Year Meeting is scheduled for two days with 9 hours contact each session (total of 36 hours of contact from meetings).  Additional contact hours will be scheduled in October and March for the project director to visit classrooms and one-on-one meetings with teachers.   Also, numerous hours of contact will be included in the web-based component throughout the academic year.  Teachers will be participating in monthly assignments via the web to extend the summer component and help in the implementation of teaching ideas in the classroom.  (The number of contact hours included here should exceed 18 hours to satisfy the Eisenhower contact hour requirement of 54.)


Monthly School Year Activities

August October December February March May


August 2-3

  • Teachers prepare for classroom implementation of Entomology Modules

  • Teachers discuss uses of collaborative website>

  • Detailed outline of web-based component discussed

  • Teachers and Project Instructors finalize pre- and post-test survey for classroom students

  • Teachers discuss fall schoolyard projects


  • Visit classrooms and one-on-one meetings held with teachers

December 6-7

  • Teachers share and discuss implementation plans

  • Results of students pre-tests are discussedn>

  • Teachers share fall schoolyard projects

  • Discussion of web-based projects

  • Instruction on portfolio development 

February 15-16

  • Teachers discuss plans for spring schoolyard projects

  • Discussion of web-based projects and classroom lessons

  • >Teachers work on portfolios

  • Revisit inquiry and the National Standards:  Discussion of effective teaching strategies for diverse learners


  • Visit classrooms and one-on-one meetings held with teachers

May 17-18

  • Teachers present schoolyard projects 

  • Teachers share portfolios with other participants

  • Administration of student post-tests

  • I nstructors and Evaluator conduct final activities

  • Final evaluations administered

Summer 2003 Activities:


June - Final Meeting of Instructors, Project Director, and Evaluator


July & August - Evaluation Data Analyzed and Final Reports Prepared



Web-based Component of Academic Year Follow-Up: 
Fall 2002 and Spring 2003


Monthly assignments and content will be provided throughout the Academic Year.  This will ensure continued support to teachers as they begin to implement ideas into their classroom settings.


Instructions on assignments and information about the insect of the month, plus more content information on the given topic will be posted on the website.  Teachers will be able to communicate with each other and with project instructors via the web.  Teachers can pose questions and/or address concerns as they teach elementary students about insects.  Teachers can also share with other teachers about what is happening in the classroom.


Monthly Assignments:

September December March
October January April
November February May


September 2002

Assignments:  Insect pet journal

Begin class or individual insect collection

Insect Order of the Month:  Orthoptera (Grasshoppers and Crickets)

More about collecting and preserving insects


October 2002

Assignment:  Fall schoolyard project              

Insect Order of the Month:  Araneae (Spiders)

More about managing insect cultures in the classroom


November 2002

Assignment:  Class Insect Culture

Insect Order of the Month:  Coleoptera (Beetles and Friends)

More about inquiry in the classroom, TEKS and National Standards


December 2002

Assignment:  Compile lessons and artifacts to date for portfolio

Insect Order of the Month:  Blattaria (Cockroaches)

More about life cycles of various insects


January 2003

Assignments:     Continue insect collections

Teach lessons from entomology modules

Insect Order of the Month:  Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)

More about fire ants in Texas


February 2003

Assignment:      Plan spring schoolyard project

Insect Order of the Month:  Diptera (Flies, Mosquitoes, Lovebugs)

More about threatened and endangered insects in Texas


March 2003                

Assignments:     Continue insect collection

Implement spring schoolyard project

Insect Order of the Month:  Hymenoptera (Bees, Wasps, and Ants)

More about vertical alignment for school science programs


April 2003

Assignment:      Compile items for entomology portfolio

Insect Order of the Month:  Hemiptera (True Bugs)

More about portfolio assessment


May 2003

Assignment:  Complete insect collection, pet journal, and portfolio

Insect Order of the Month:  Odonata (Dragonflies and Damselflies)

More about non-insect arthropods.

For questions or comments about this web site, contact Anna Kjolen or Dr. John A. Jackman

Texas A&M University ®
Department of Entomology
412 Heep Center, TAMU 2475
College Station, TX 77843-2475

Copyright 2002 Texas A&M University
Last modified: December 18, 2002