Insects/Bugs Unit

 

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Insects/Bugs Unit Study
Here are some ideas to get you started. (Grade level next to item is interest level, not reading level.) Read
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Did you know that there is a monument in Enterprise, Alabama, dedicated to the Boll Weevil? Yes, it's true! The citizens erected the statue in gratitude to the insect because it ended their dependence on cotton resulting in a more robust economy. Here are photos:

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Spring is a great time to study insects and bugs. Boys and girls are both fascinated with bugs. And studying insects gives everyone a chance to get outside while doing schoolwork. Why not get started in your study by watching this short music video: Icky Icky Insects

 

Textbook Activities:

  • All About Insects by Evan-Moor. This is a wonderful resource for PreK-2nd grade. 209 pages. Fun!

  • Creepy Crawlies (Internet Quests), Grades 1-6. Learn about insects by visiting web sites and completing reproducible worksheets related to the website information. Includes CD. ISBN 0743934083.

  • God Created Insects. Learn about God's creations, the insects. Coloring pages and text with a Christian emphasis. (K-6)

  • The World of Insects and Arachnids , Great Science Adventures. Learn about insects by creating booklets and doing hands-On lab activities. Grades 3-6, ISBN 1929683081.
  • Suggested activities from Insects: Investigating Science by Mailbox. Grades 1-3.

    • Build an insect, pg. 5
    • It Takes All Sorts, pg. 7
    • Insects by the Inch, pg. 8
    • Bug Quest, pg. 9
    • Journals, pg. 14
    • Pasta-live changes, pg. 15
    • Sip, Don’t Slurp, pg. 17
    • Ladybug Model Insect, pg. 20
    • Ladybug’s Life Cycle, pg. 21
    • Buzzing Through Life, pg. 27
    • Who “Bee-longs” Here?, pg. 27
    • Do You See What a Bee Sees, pg. 28
    • Well Dressed Bee, pg. 28
    • Getting the Facts, pg. 32
    • Grasshopper’s Life Cycle, pg. 33
    • A Word About Crickets and Grasshoppers, pg. 34
    • Sing a Song of Insects, pg. 3
    • Edible Ants, pg. 39
    • Fly eyes, pg 4
    • Termite Towns, pg. 45

Activities:

  • Collect some insects and spiders in a jar with lid that has air holes. Identify them with this online Bugfinder Database.

  • Listen to some Insect Sounds.

  • Create a booklet, poster or venn diagram that illustrates the difference between insects, centipedes, and spiders.

  • Create an insect identification book. Either draw or cut out pictures of insects, paste them on a notebook page and label.

  • Make a drawing of the main parts of insects

  • Make a drawing of the main parts of spiders

  • Make a list of insects that are helpful to humans and those that are harmful

  • Research the various methods of insect control.

  • Research how insects fit into the food chain.

  • Create an Insect Lap Book.

  • Join a Bug Club. Do some activities while you are there.

  • Watch video on Butterfly Metamorphosis:

 

Internet Activities:

Lab Kit Activities:

  • Butterfly Garden. Come with easy-to-assemble observation chamber; supplies for feeding the butterflies (you provide only sugar and water); an informative booklet of clear instructions and butterfly facts; and a certificate for three to five free painted lady caterpillars.

  • Ladybug Land. A metamorphosis kit for ladybugs! Watch nature work its magic as you see ladybugs change from cute little larvae into adult beetles in their own Ladybug Land. Certificate for 15-20 ladybug larvae and food. Fun filled fact and instruction guide included.

Field Trip Suggestion:
  • Visit a bee/honey farm

Reading Suggestions:

VIDEOS:

YouTube: Introduction to Entomology Part 1 and Part 2 from the Master Gardener series. 1 hour each. Instruction material at http://ucmgvideo.ucanr.org. 7-12)

 

Other Videos:

City of Bees video, 7-12 Moody Video (Check your library. Also available through Christian bookstores.)

 

Tell Me Why Insects (Check your library.)

 

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