Clackamas County Vector Control’s education program “Fight the Bites!” offers an exciting way to teach science education in and out of school. I have used the program in multiple settings and find it extremely flexible to use both indoors and out-of-doors. It is perfect for the classroom or camp settings, and works well with K-12 grades. Lessons are hands-on and aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards. Best of all, the supplies needed are provided free of charge and delivered directly to your site by Clackamas County Vector Control, including live mosquito larvae in safe emergence cages to study the mosquito life cycle. The creator of the curriculum, Rick Reynolds, M.S.Ed., provides free workshops for educators. Many free resources are supplied, such as engaging books, posters, magnification tools, pipettes, petri dishes, and colorful handouts. The website hosts a teacher’s guide, videos, interactive educational video games, and much more. If you are a formal or informal educator looking for an engaging life science unit, I highly recommend this program. Love this curriculum!
Oregon State University Extension Service