Trap Your Own Insects: What’s in Your Backyard?

This Trap Your Own Insects: What’s in Your Backyard? lesson plan also includes:

Young entomologists construct three types of insect traps—pitfall, pollinator, and panel—before setting their traps out and observing what they caught. They then observe what types of insects the different traps attract.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Draft a note to send home with class members asking to bring in the various materials
  • Divvy the class into groups ahead of time
Classroom Considerations

  • The lesson requires a variety of building materials for the traps, significant preparation time, 
  • Assumes learners are familiar with a variety of insects; consider printing out images of insects
Pros

  • STEM lesson plan with hands-on designing components
  • Provides step-by-step trap designs
Cons

  • The handout mentioned in the resource is not provided; however the directions for designing a trap are included for the teacher which can easily be given to the class