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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.
Students 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. Students use evolutionary "toolboxes" to pick out appropriate adaptations for actual Namib and Antarctic arthropods, using a menu of authentic names, adaptations and photos.
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. This exploration can be used with a wide range of age groups.
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. For an extended lesson, kids create their own keys to classify utensils.
Students discover what an arthropod is and how they survive in our world. In this insect lesson, students read the book, A House Is A House For Me, and compare a home for a person with the type of habitat an arthropod lives in. Students attend a field trip looking for the insects in the outdoors, recording what they find as the day goes on.
In this arthropods worksheet, high schoolers will review arthropod exoskeletons, jointed appendages, molting, and types of respiratory structures. Students will also review arthropod senses, body systems, and reproduction. This worksheet has 6 short answer, 3 fill in the blank, 8 matching, and 5 true or false questions.
Students identify the different types of mouths arthropods have for eating various types of food. Given photographs of the different types of arthropods, students identify which mouth they have and what type of food they can eat with their mouth. Vocabulary and a worksheet with answer key is included.
Learn all about echinoderms and arthropods through the attached reading, complete with stunning photographs and review questions; keep track of the key concepts using the handout. For kids with a lower reading level, consider projecting the reading and going over it together as a class. Although the worksheet refers to a different reading, the included selection answers all of the questions and more.
Students 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, students classify them according to their characteristics list.