Manduca sexta Wax Model

Caterpillars' and moths' most obvious change is physical, but what happens to their nervous systems as they complete metamorphosis? Through a hands-on investigation, young scholars construct the nervous system of a caterpillar. They then deconstruct their model to create the nervous system of the moth.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Create a graphic organizer for pupils to complete showing the different needs and abilities of moths and caterpillars
Classroom Considerations

  • Expects a basic understanding of the anatomy of the nervous system
  • Requires a specific set of materials and time for set up prior to the activity
Pros

  • Lesson includes all handouts and a detailed teacher guide
  • Includes links to important background information
Cons

  • None