Entomology Teacher Resources
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Termite Trail Marking Behavior
Students 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.
The Use of Myths in Science
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 relate mutations to artisitic morphing to build a fantasy insect of clay and papier-mache. For 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.
Arthropods at Home- Spider, Isopod, or Any Arthropod
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.
Students explore caterpillars. In this caterpillars lesson plan, students look at pictures of adaptations of caterpillars and discuss their importance. Students create a model of a caterpillar using recycled materials.
Students participate in an interactive lesson using the scientific method to study biodiversity. In this insect monitoring lesson, 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.
Insects and Bugs
Young scholars recognize the difference between insects and bugs while making connections to personal experiences. For 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.
Buzzy, Buzzy Bee
Students simulate honeybees pollinating flowers. In this pollination instructional activity, students role-play the process of pollination over the course of several seasons. Students graph results and share their graphs with the class.
Entomologist for a Day
Young scholars 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. Young scholars complete a "look what I learned worksheet," present to the class and complete a paragraph explaining why a ladybug is unique.
Middle school special education students (moderate to severe) learn about insects by playing an entomological version of bingo. They cut out pictures of different bugs and glue them onto a grid. Place the game card inside a sheet protector so dry erase markers can be used to mark off insect squares that have been called. Finish with bug snacks (pretzel butterflies and "bug juice"). Recipes included.
Classroom Animals & Pets - Insects & Company - Butterflies
Students 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.
Young scholars compare and contrast different types of insects. They identify characteristics that help them survive. They describe an appropriate environment for their insects.
The World of Insects and Spiders
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 lesson, 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.
Farming In New York State - Module 3
Pupils 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.
Summer: Getting the Bugs Out
Students study biodiversity while examining insects. They research insects that already exist and how they adapt to their environment.
Students will explore the life cycle of the Painted Lady butterfly by raising their own. They will incorporate math, science, and language arts as they graph, pattern, journal, observe, and artistically create.
Student determine how to manage pests using biological control. They examine how knowledge of the pest's food chain is helpful in managing pests. Finally, they identify the three groups of biological control agents. They listen, take notes, and complete answers to questions presented on a PowerPoint while deciding if each picture is a predator, parasite, or pathogen.