A collection of labs, exercises, references, and games about insects.

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Insects Science Kit

by Cattaraugus Allegany BOCES Math Science Technology Dept

Insects introduces students to the cricket and the ant. Students create habitats for these insects in their classroom. Students then investigate the cricket’s and ant’s home, food, preferences, body structure, and life cycle. Students identify the body parts necessary for an animal to be an insect and classify animals based on their characteristics. The skills of observing, discussing, describing, predicting, comparing, and classifying are used throughout the unit. This collection is available as downloadable PDFs, but portions of the content are found in wiki format (see WIKI Learning Experiences and Resources) which can be edited or built up with other materials on the same topic by members of the Curriki community. More About CABOCES Welcome to the Math, Science, and Technology Department (MST) of Cattaraugus Allegany Board of Cooperative Educational Services (CA BOCES). As a department of Instructional Support Services (ISS), we provide Math, Science, and Technology kits along with support services to meet the needs of the individual districts in Classroom plants introduces elementary students to the life cycle of plants through observing, growing, and caring for common plants under a variety of conditions. Opportunities are provided for plants to be grown from seeds, cuttings, and roots. Contact Information BOCES Teaching & Learning Center @ Allegany Math, Science, Technology & Health Dept. 80 N Fourth St, Third Floor Allegany, NY 14706 Phone: (716)-376-8272; Fax: (716)-372-0621 http://www.caboces.org http://www.mstkits.org http://www.nyreal.org
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This exercise is a field study of the ecology of aquatic insects in a small stream. By using the inquiry technique, students discover how different animals have unique adaptations for being successful in particular habitats, especially at small spatial scales. Students also learn how these specializations establish essential ecological roles for the aquatic insects in stream ecosystems. Thus, students gain an appreciation of how biodiversity is not just a list of species in a particular environment; it also includes what they do in that environment.
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After completing this activity students will: • Know how to use a net to collect insects. • Know where to look for insects. • Understand how to observe insects.
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8 page (two printed 8.5X11 sheets) accurately illustrated guide to North American crawly creatures, using similarities between types of crawlies to highlight how taxonomy works. Excellent for creating awareness of local biodiversity if you send the wee ones out in the school yard with the guide, as crawly creatures can be found in all ecosystems, even those heavily modified by humans. WASL friendly if you're in Washington State.
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Pitfall Traps

by Janet Pinto

After completion of this activity students will have learned a new method for trapping insects and will have a better idea of some of the many types of insects that crawl around in their own backyard.
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Small Animals

by uzma uzma

its about insects and other small animals
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After a discussion of the characteristics of arthropodes (insects, etc.) you can trace the evolution of these animal and what adaptations they have to survive in virtually every part of the earth. There are lots of photos of these interesting animals. This resource is part of the Biology Links for One Laptop Per Child course which contains units on Exploring Life; The Cell; Genetics; Mechanisms of Evolution; The Evolutionary History of Biological Diversity; Plant Form and Function; Animal Form and Function; Ecology; and Astrobiology.
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Virtual Roach

by Janet Pinto

The Virtual Roach is a web resource focused on insect anatomy that was developed as a technical reference and an instructional tool. The Virtual Roach can function as a freestanding technical reference, an autotutorial module, an interactive bench-top guide, a pre-lab introduction, or a post-lab review tool. Because the extensive collection of colorful images and text are also available for quick reference from an index of direct links, the program can serve as a powerful visual aid to augment lecture-format instruction as well.
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PowerPoint presentation featuring pictures of the life cycle of a monarch butterfly. I printed out the slides and used them as cards for children to place in order. Slides include egg, caterpillar, chrysalis, emerging, butterfly.
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A webquest about the life cycle of the butterfly.
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