Arthropod Teacher Resources
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Unidentified (Flying?) Arthropods
Beginning biologists learn the characteristics of the five classes in the arthropod phylum. A student handout lists characteristics to help them identify five specimens. You will need to collect an example of each: arachnida, crustacea, diplopoda, chilopoda, and insecta.
6th - 12th Science
All About Arthropods
Use a dichotomous key to classify these squirmy bugs. A paragraph provides fifth graders with some background knowledge on the animal kingdom, and explains how to use a branching key for classification. They then determine which bugs could be described as arthropods.
4th - 6th Science
Study Jams! Arthropods
No need to be crabby! Here is a resource that teaches your class about the characteristics of arthropods and provides stunning photos of several of them. In addition to the superb slides and their informative accompanying captions, the website hosts a Test Yourself assessment quiz and key vocabulary definitions.
4th - 8th Science
Are You One Of Us?
Learners discover how scientists classify things based on their similarities and differences. Students give the characteristics of arthropods and create a classification list. Given examples of various types of arthropods, learners classify them according to their characteristics list.
3rd - 4th Science
Art: Go Ahead and Bug Me!
Students research arthropods, and identify the differences between vertebrates and invertebrates. After comparing and contrasting insects and arachnids, they create drawing of them that are anatomically correct. Students place their arthropods in natural settings.
4th - 12th Science
Exploration of "Pillbugs"
Fifth graders define vocabulary terms, identify the characteristics of a pillbug, and create a dichotomous key. Then they examine the pillbugs and make observations and record these observations. Finally, 5th graders observe specific behavior of pillbugs and formulate a conclusion to their initial hypothesis and construct graphs that reflect data.
Extereme Arthropods: Exploring Evolutionary Adaptations To Polar and Temperate Deserts
Middle schoolers investigate arthropods from bothe places, creating "toolboxes" necessary for survival in extreme environments. They work in small groups to design imaginary arthropods that are able to survive in either Antarctica or Namibia.
6th - 8th Science
Arthropods are the stars of a fine science lesson. Learners look at the diversity, characteristics, adaptations, and important roles that these insects play in the Sonoran Desert environment. A terrific document called "Amazing Arthropods" is embedded in the lesson, which is read and completed before the class goes outside to find examples of arthropods on the school campus.
Bill Nye The Science Guy on Insects
Queen Latifah makes a cameo in this Bill Nye episode on insects. The facts taught are that the queen bee is in charge of a bee colony, ants can dig tunnels, and exoskeletons support, strengthen, and protect the insect's body. While you would probably not use this video standing alone, it is an appealing addition to your insect or arthropod unit!
2 mins 3rd - 7th Science
Where Are the Bugs?
Young scholars trap, collect and identify arthropods in a newly created desert tortoise preserve area over a period of one school year. They determine the rate at which various arthropods take up residence in the newly landscaped area. Data is displayed through the use of graphs, charts and other appropriate methods.
6th - 7th Science
Arthropods, Insects, Arachnids, and Crustaceans
For this biology worksheet, students read about arthropods and some of the different species that fit into this classification. They then answer 13 questions about what they just learned. The answers are on the last page of the packet.
6th - 10th Science