Entomology Teacher Resources
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Students discover the life cycle of a butterfly and explain the different stages. In this exploratory lesson students watch a video and create insect art and they will get an opportunity to view live specimens of butterflies.
Students study life cycles including developing their understanding of the human life cycle. They decide where they are in the human life cycle and provide reasons for that placement. They compare the human life cycle to that of the Manduca.
Students create their own insect, build a model of it and explain its life cycle.
Students observe life stages in flour beetles and graph the results. They write a summary report.
Students identify several beneficial insects and spiders, including predators and pollinators. They search an outdoor environment and record numbers and types of beneficial insects and spiders that they discover.
Students investigate the basic survival needs of both hornworms and humans. They compare and contrast the them by making a class list.
Students observe what animals are considered to be pests and why. They conduct a mock trial of a honeybee arguing if it is a pest or not. They determine pros and cons of honeybees to prepare for the trial.
Students study the Manduca bug and its growth data. They look for patterns and compare their own growth rate to that of the Manduca.
Students observe a Manduca bug as it is dropped in a glass of water and hypothesise how it breathes. They compare this to how humans and other creatures breathe and record their findings in their science journal.
Students examine the disease malaria. They compare how diseases were spread in the early 1900's compared to how they are spread today and discuss why that is dangerous. They take a survey to see how much they know about insects that carry disease.
Students study the definition of a "global society". They take this knowledge and speculate about the positive and negative ramifications of living in a global society.
Students use the internet to research diseases spread by insects. They create a brochure using the information they gathered. They present their project to the class.
Students review information they have gathered from previous lessons. They create their own experiments and carry them out. They reflect on the project as a whole.
Students collect leaves from home to determine if the Manduca prefers them to tomato plants. They observe the Manduca over time and make predictions. They share their observations with the class.
Students observe what happens to the pigment of the Manduca when food coloring is added to their diet. They discuss how coloration affects their lifestyle. They answer questions to complete the instructional activity.
Young scholars create art with the Manduca by placing gel on their body and letting them walk over colored paper. They discover what their footprints and movements are like. They create a piece of art by using the Manduca markings.
Middle schoolers test the strength and speed of their Manduca. They keep their insect in a small dish and wiegh it down with pennies. They share their observations with the class.
Middle schoolers search for yarn representing insects on school grounds. They discuss which colors where found more frequently and why after the experiment. They use their math skills to determine percentages.
Students observe insects in a small area. They calculate the number of insects in a large area as well. They share their calculations and observations with the class.
Third graders investigate how manduca sees and they discuss what they think the manduca might be thinking. They write a story about what an insect sees and does from the insect's perspective.