Beetle Busters-Smart Searchers (Intro Lesson)


Activity Description: 

Report for Duty!

Students are introduced to the Asian longhorned beetle and how they can help by becoming Beetle Busters.  

  • Students will understand how the invasive ALB can have a large impact on their lives and their communities. 
  • Students will understand how, when, and where to search for the ALB (and the signs of its activity) and how to prevent the beetle from spreading to other communities.
  • Students will understand how to mobilize their peers, family, and community members to search for, raise awareness about, and eradicate the ALB. 
Pre-Activity Prep: 
  • Create the Wanted Wall. Designate a bulletin board or wall space, and label with the words "Wanted: ALB."  Post local articles or other information about the ALB. 
  • Make Beetle Busters slips.  See "What can I do to help?" (below) for sample phrases.
  • Optional: For articles and videos on the ALB and how it came to the United States, check out Get Involved.
Doing the Activity: 

Activity details are on Page 8 of the PDF linked below.

  • Bulletin board/wall space
  • Public Service Announcement (PSA)/TV ad: under "Get Involved" at
  • Classroom Poster
  • Slips of paper
  • Several relevant articles or other information about the ALB in your area or an area near you
One Class Period