Entomology Teacher Resources
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Students discuss the impact of an invasive species on Earth. They examine prevention and control techniques being used already.
Students create instruments to capture different types of insects. For this The Greatest Show on Earth: The World's Smallest Animals lesson, students compare the attributes of certain insects and record the data on a chart. After catching the insects students observe their behavior in order to find patterns. Lastly, students build an insect zoo.
Students explore the value of insects in the natural world. In this insect lesson, students examine species of insects, collect and record data, and analyze the data.
Learners construct an insect model. In this "insects" science and art lesson, students complete a KWL chart about 'insects," then view several interactive websites to become familiar with insect traits. Learners construct an insect model using materials of their choice.
Feelin' buggy? Your young learners will be after this awesome inquiry-based interdisciplinary lesson. Your class will explore insects while also practicing descriptive writing as they compare and contrast the sight, smell, and touch senses of humans and insects. The lesson begins with learners using their senses to describe objects with adjectives. There are also activities designed to simulate an insect's senses. Then learners write a story from the perspective of a bug!
Students study the migratory behavior of the monarch butterfly and to carefully develop a scientific method for answering one question concerning their behavior. They perform many meaningful tasks which help them explain the Monarch Butterfly.
Students, in groups, examine the fossils, work on various rearrangements, and attempt to show any patterns, trends, and rates of change over time.
Turn your seventh graders into a class of detectives! They determine the meaning of unknown words by using context clues in fiction, non-fiction, newspapers, poetry, and technical manuals. Working with partners, they share examples and "teach" the word meanings to their partners.
Learners explore how insects behave in their natural habitats and build dioramas to create an Insect World in their classroom. They investigate various insects and the roles they play in the environment. They write creative short stories written from their insect's point of view.
Learners 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.
Students 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.
Young scholars 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.
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.
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! lesson, 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 lesson includes worksheets for several activities.
Young scholars design a habitat for an arthropod. For this organisms lesson, students read the book, A House is a House For Me. Young scholars find an arthropod and create a terrarium.
Students explore caterpillars. In this caterpillars lesson, 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. For 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.
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.