*Minibeasts Field Trip
 

 

Insects and Minibeasts: A Creepy Crawly Experience for Grades 1-3
By Theresa Hughes-Feletar: Dip.Ed(ece);B.Ed;M.Ed. Updates as needed are by field-trips.org

The world of insects has always been fascinating, mainly because we can see them, they are a part of our daily lives and we have so much in common with them. Insects are part of a group called minibeasts, which are creatures without backbones. Like humans, most insects are social and live in communities--they have leaders, workers and child rearers. Observing and learning about insects is fun and exciting because of their size. As you learn and study through this Internet-based field trip, you will discover that their microscopic size isn't a problem anymore.

While we can't all have a powerful microscope or magnifying glass to get a close up view of every tiny pore, hair and segment of the insects, through the power of the world wide web we can share entomologists' studies and microphotography with zoom digital cameras to view, study and dissect online.

Entomology studies using the Internet allow students to:

  • discover a variety of insects all over the world;
  • converse and exchange ideas and observations with others with similar interests in insects;
  • identify varieties and species found in their physical local area using online photograph databases;
  • fully understand the dangers and precautions required when handling live insects before attempting to actually handle them.

While working through this field trip it is expected that the students will also be able to identify personal needs and the needs of other familiar living things. It is also expected that the students will be able to identify living creatures that change over time and map relationships between living things in a habitat.

The Internet Minibeast field trip not only allows you to see these creatures in a way that you may not be able to without expensive scientific and photographic equipment, but they guide you toward being able to safely catch, keep and observe them as you learn in the real world.

Objectives

  • For the students to practice observation skills.
  • For the students to observe, record and classify varieties of insects.
  • For the students to understand and extend knowledge of insects and their habits and habitat.
  • For the students to explore insects in their local environment.
  • For the students to develop and understanding and respect for insects.

Terms To Learn

abdomen
antennae
arthropod
camouflage
chrysalis
cocoon
colony
compound eye
drone
egg
entomologist
entomology
exoskeleton
habitat
head

insect
invertebrate
larva
lepidoptera
life cycle
mandibles
metamorphosis
migration
nectar
predator
pupa
species
thorax
wing

 

 

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