Teacher Resources

This digital educational tool for entomology, the Virtual Insect Collection Lab, allows learners to practice pinning, pointing, and spreading insects to preserve them for scientific study. Created for specifically for middle school students and educators, with a focus on meeting science standards in New Mexico, the lab has been particularly relevant to students and teachers doing remote or hybrid learning. It is also suitable for learners of any age studying insect collections, whether in 4-H, other informal learning, or in classrooms.

Using the Virtual Insect Collection Lab in Classrooms

This virtual lab can be used in various ways, depending on your curriculum. For example, you can:

Virtual Insect Collection Lab Next Generation Science Standards Alignment

The Virtual Insect Collection Lab can be woven into curriculum units aligned with multiple Disciplinary Core Ideas from the Next Generation Science Standards, including:

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Ag in the Classroom Lessons:

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