Caterpillars and Climate: How Temperature Affects Feeding Rate In Insects

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Do you eat more when you are hot or when you are cold? Young scientists observe the eating pace of two caterpillars at different temperatures. The differences in endotherm and ecotherm animals' ability to adjust to temperature change allows for discussion about the larger ecosystem.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Repeat the experiment with another type of insect
  • Research the relationship between temperature and cricket chirps
Classroom Considerations

  • Always treat live animals with respect and teach your students to do the same
Pros

  • Includes an answer key
  • Provides full-sized posters with graphics
Cons

  • The words ectotherm and endotherm are not always used properly