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Discovering

Insects

 A Frog
"Insects is my favorite!"
- A. Frog

Discovering Insects is bugs without the yuck!

Plastic models, bug-eye lenses, and other goodies allow children to study insects and arachnids indoors, as well as in their natural environment. And all without having to touch any bugs. (You're welcome, Mom.)

Discovering Insects comes with 22 activities in 13 hands-on lessons, a parent guide and all the other materials needed for the lessons. There is enough equipment for two children working together.

These lessons were tested at School Works Learning Center with homeschooled students in grades 3-8. The students loved them. They are probably appropriate all the way down to the first grade level, with a little help.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS FOR DISCOVERING INSECTS

1) Spiders Don't Have Wings - Discover what distinguishes insects from arachnids and other bugs.
2)
Classifying Bugs
- Play a game of classification with model bugs and a flow chart.
3)
Bees, Butterflies & Blossoms
- Observe how insects gather nectar and pollinate flowers.
4)
A Buzzing Chemical Factory
- Investigate what chemicals bees make, and enjoy some bee products!
5)
Compound Eyes
- Try to see the world through an insect's eyes.
6) Happy Trails - Discover and explore an ant trail.
7)
Experiments on an Ant Trail
- Be a scientist by testing theories of ant attraction.
8) Jumpers & Skaters - Two insects with unusual ways of getting around. (see part of this lesson)
9)
Arachnid Architecture
- Explore the amazing complexity of spider webs.
10)
The Spiral Trap
- Watch how a spider uses its web to trap an insect.
11)
Inspect Your Insect
- Characteristics of some interesting insects.
12)
The Great Bug Expedition
- Conduct a field study of local arthropod biodiversity (which means see how many types of bugs you can find in your backyard)
13)
Insect Attitude Survey
- Do our feelings about bugs reflect reality?

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INSECT EQUIPMENT

Everything you need is included in the kit:

Student Lesson Book & Parent Guide (See a Sample Lesson)
A dozen Plastic Model Bugs:
ant, queen ant, dragonfly, praying mantis, fly, grasshopper,
bee, ladybug, rhino beetle, 2 spiders and a scorpion.
Full color 24 page insect guide.
Multi-faceted lenses (bug-eye viewer)
Plastic forceps
A piece of beeswax
A packet of honey
A packet of lemon juice
A packet of sugar
A craft stick & 2 craft picks
Two tiny plastic bugs
A spoon and a plastic dropper
A score of BBs and 4 paper clips
Some small paper cups and index cards
A magnifying lens

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