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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.
Learners complete a unit about the insect metamorphosis process. They read and discuss a handout and sequence the events of metamorphosis for a variety of insects. Students also view and hold a tobacco hornworm, and complete a worksheet that identifies the stages and discusses how the larva and pupa of the tobacco hornworm feels.
Learners are told stories, myths and legend to explain their world. After telling the tales and discussion them, students are assigned to write a myth that describes a familiar situation, such as why the school garbage cans are always empty in the morning. Then, they are to explain something in their own words lives, perhaps a family myth, tradition, or ordinary happening.
High schoolers examine termites and their trail-marking behaviors. They draw lines on paper with various ink pens and experiment to see which types of ink the termites follow--or which inks do and do not elicit trail marking behavior.
Students examine folk tales to determine the basis for scientific myths. They demonstrate through the discussion of the folk tales that the perception of the world has changed as new information is gained. They write their own folk tale dispelling a myth in science.
Students are introduced to classification and some of the difficulties surrounding classification and how classification systems need to be able to adapt and how they may need to be changed when new information is discovered. They practice using their observation skills, collecting data, and re-work their orginal design.
Students read about spider body parts, abilities, tendencies, and life cycles. In this Under the Spell of Spiders! activity, students create mystery creatures that turn out to be spiders. Students catch and observe spiders and insects. Students record the similarities and differences. Students imagine themselves as spiders in dialogue with Miss Muffet. This activity includes worksheets for several activities.
Students relate mutations to artisitic morphing to build a fantasy insect of clay and papier-mache. In this visual art and genetics lesson, students discuss mutations and the results of mutations. They drawtheir own mutant insect and use the drawing to create a clay model and papier-mache.
Students design a habitat for an arthropod. In this organisms lesson, students read the book, A House is a House For Me. Students find an arthropod and create a terrarium.
Young scholars explore caterpillars. In this caterpillars lesson, students look at pictures of adaptations of caterpillars and discuss their importance. Young scholars create a model of a caterpillar using recycled materials.
Students participate in an interactive instructional activity using the scientific method to study biodiversity.  In this insect monitoring instructional activity, students simulate the layers of soil and the insects that would live there. Students design parameters to collect insects and a research timeframe.  Students create a graph of the species found.
Students recognize the difference between insects and bugs while making connections to personal experiences. In this insect and bug lesson, students complete a pre-assessment to demonstrate prior knowledge, then gather information regarding insects and bugs and learn new vocabulary that relates to the classification of bugs and insects.
Students simulate honeybees pollinating flowers. In this pollination lesson, students role-play the process of pollination over the course of several seasons. Students graph results and share their graphs with the class.
Students view pictures of ladybugs and discuss the word "entomologist." In this entomology lesson, students review information about ladybugs, researching an assigned topic in small groups. Students complete a "look what I learned worksheet," present to the class and complete a paragraph explaining why a ladybug is unique.
Pupils examine the life cycle of a butterfly. They place caterpillars in a cage and observe their change to a butterfly. Students discover how much a caterpillar eats and annotate growth information.
Students compare and contrast different types of insects. They identify characteristics that help them survive. They describe an appropriate environment for their insects.
Students identify numerous insects and their body parts.  In this insect life lesson, students practice using scientific vocabulary while comparing the different parts of spiders and insects.  Students view several videos discussing the life cycles of butterflies and self defense mechanisms used by small insects.
Sixth graders explore the outdoors to observe different types of trees. In this ecology instructional activity, 6th graders write the tree names in their worksheet and identify their unique characteristics.
Students investigate some of the 'mysteries' of the animal, marine and insect worlds, and create student books explaining their findings to younger students.
Students build upon their knowledge of regional agricultural trends to explore the impact that changes in technology had on everyday life, ranging from the use of simple hand tools to the introduction and use of gasoline-powered agricultural tools.

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