Kids are so amazed by insects and other arthropods! Did you know...
- Cockroaches can live without their heads for 9 days.
- The largest spider has an 11" leg span.
- 95% of all animal species on earth are insects.
- Fleas can jump a man's equivalent of 900 feet.
- The Anopheles mosquito, carrier of the malaria parasite, is responsible for one half of all human deaths, other than wars and accidents, since the Stone Age.
Insects are unusual, amazing, strange, cool, weird, and unique - no wonder children are so fascinated by them! Our Incredible Insects Activity Kit increases awareness of "bug life" as young entomologists learn to identify the major groupings and the similarities and differences between insects and other arthropods. Our Incredible Insects Activity Kit provides a "glowing" firefly craft to reinforce the learning and includes everything you need! Each participant decorates a body and wing pattern, applies antennas and inserts a glow stick. Turn out the lights and you have a fantastic firefly!
Ages 4 and up.
Unit Goals and Concepts:
- Increase awareness of various insect life forms.
- Define arthropods and determine major groupings.
- Find out what differentiates insects from other arthropods.
- Create a glowing firefly.
- Materials for making your firefly... a glow stick, plastic bottle and cap, wing patterns, wiggle eyes, craft wire for antennae and pipe cleaners for legs.
- Tacky glue.
- Our exclusive instructor's activity guide that makes planning the project easy and delivers loads of fun ideas for insect activities, games and relevant projects. Also includes a reproducible worksheet for your participants.
- The only materials you supply are markers or crayons, and scissors.
General: National Science Education Standard NS.K-4.3 and NS.5-8.3 Life Science.
Content Standard C: Organisms and their Environments (K-4)
An organism’s patterns of behavior are related to the nature of that organism’s environment.
Structure and Function in Living Systems (5-8)
Living systems at all levels of organization demonstrate the complementary nature of structure and function. Important levels of organization for structure and function include cells, organs, tissues, organ systems, whole organisms, and ecosystems.
Reproduction and Heredity (5-8)
Reproduction is a characteristic of all living systems; because no individual organism lives forever, reproduction is essential to the continuation of every species.
Specific (California standards):
(K.2a) Students know how to observe and describe similarities and differences in appearance and behavior of plants and animals.
(K.2c) Students know how to identify major structures of common plants and animals.
(1.2a) Students know different plants and animals inhabit different kinds of environments and have external features that help them thrive in different kinds of places.
(2.2a) Students know that organisms reproduce offspring of their own kind and that the offspring resemble their parents and one another.
(2.2b) Students know the sequential stages of life cycles are different for different animals, such as butterflies, frogs, and mice.
(3.3a) Students know plants and animals have structures that serve different functions in growth, survival, and reproduction.