Forty classroom-ready science teaching and learning activities for elementary and middle school teachersGrounded in theory and best-practices research, this practical text provides elementary and middle school teachers with 40 place-based activities that will help them to make science learning relevant to their students. This text provides teachers with both a rationale and a set of strategies and activities for teaching science in a local context to help students engage with science learning and come to understand the importance of science in their everyday lives.
Activity 23: Insects All around You
Insects are everywhere. In terms of numbers, they are the most successful animals on the Earth. More than one million different insect species have been identified in the world, representing about half of all the animal species that are known to exist. Some scientists believe that there may actually be ten million different species of insects and perhaps as many as 200 million insects for every human alive on the planet.
Insects come in all shapes and sizes. The acteon beetle (Megasoma acteon) from South America is nearly 5 inches in length, while the North American feather-winged beetle (Nanosella fungi) is one tenth of an inch. In Africa, swarms of desert locusts (Schistocerca gregaria) have been estimated to ...