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Fisher, Nicole; Lorenz-Reaves, Amanda – Science and Children, 2018
Insects are extremely important for maintaining the natural environment, performing such essential ecosystem services as decomposition, dung burial, and soil aeration, as well as providing food for other wildlife. Insects are also important for human interests such as crop pollination. Though the advantages of using insects as teaching tools are…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Entomology, Teaching Methods, Montessori Method
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Lincoln, James; Davidhazy, Andrew – Physics Teacher, 2019
Many of us teach that insects can see "invisible" ultraviolet light, but what demonstrations do we perform to illustrate this? Often UV can be used to cause fluorescence or phosphorescence, which can make its existence more visible. But, is it possible to create photographs or videos that convincingly illustrate the vision of insects? In…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Light, Photography
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Morales, Gerson; Perkins, James; Pomfrey, Herb; Ruiz, Michael J. – Physics Education, 2019
Pinhole camera photography is explored using a set of entomology pins due to their known pin diameters and availability in a variety of sizes. A procedure to prepare removable-lens digital cameras for pinhole photography is described. A video is included showing a set of ten insect pins and how to fit the camera with pinhole apertures. Formulas…
Descriptors: Accuracy, Photography, Video Technology, Science Instruction
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Jasinski, James; Kulhanek, Ashley; Shumaker, Kate – Journal of Extension, 2019
A 6-hr train-the-trainer workshop focused on introducing the concept that insects may play a significant role in food security as the world population is projected to exceed 9 billion people by the mid 21st century. Workshop topics including cultural, nutritional, culinary, and commercial aspects surrounding edible insects were presented and…
Descriptors: Entomology, Workshops, Sustainability, Foods Instruction
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Wilson, Rachel; Bradbury, Leslie; Lunceford, Amy; Stanbery, Shannon – Science and Children, 2021
Working with second-grade teachers, the authors designed a six-day integrated science and language arts unit to investigate the structures that insects use to make their sound vibrations. They were inspired by "The Very Quiet Cricket" (Carle 1990), which was used as the focus text for the unit, as well as "Bug Music"…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Elementary School Science, Grade 2, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Sato, Misato; Álvarez, Beatriz; Mizunami, Makoto – Learning & Memory, 2021
The effect of repetitive training on learned behavior has been an important subject in neuroscience. In instrumental conditioning in mammals, learned action early in training is often goal-driven and controlled by outcome expectancy, but as training progresses, it becomes more habitual and insensitive to outcome devaluation. Similarly, we recently…
Descriptors: Training, Repetition, Conditioning, Entomology
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Moore, Virginia J.; Chessin, Debby A.; Theobald, Becky – Science and Children, 2010
Insects are fascinating creatures--especially when you and your students get up close and personal with them! To that end, the authors facilitated an inquiry-based investigation with an emphasis on identification of the different types of insects found in the school yard, their characteristics, their habitat, and what they eat, while engaging the…
Descriptors: Entomology, Investigations, Inquiry, Problem Solving
Lorenz-Reaves, Amanda R. – ProQuest LLC, 2017
Insects are the most abundant and diverse group of animals on Earth. Though as a group they do far more ecological good than harm, previous studies have shown that human attitudes toward insects are mainly negative. Attitudes have affective (emotions) and cognitive (beliefs, mental representations) components that interact to influence behavior.…
Descriptors: Entomology, Animals, Attitudes, Affective Behavior
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Fiebelkorn, Florian; Puchert, Nils; Dossey, Aaron T. – American Biology Teacher, 2020
The ability to make criteria-based and thought-out decisions in everyday life as well as to answer questions pertaining to society at large, such as those regarding climate change and the loss of biodiversity, is becoming more and more important against the backdrop of an increasingly complex world with a wide range of options for action or…
Descriptors: Learning Activities, Data Use, Decision Making, Sustainability
Dzerefos, Cathy M.; de Sousa, Luiza O. – Geography Teacher, 2020
Place-based learning of a community develops from the collective, experiential learning of many generations and is referred to as Indigenous knowledge systems (IKS) (Stevenson 1996; Ajibade 2003). Africa is rich in indigenous knowledge of edible insects and plants which have bolstered communities in times of food shortage (Hunter et al. 2007).…
Descriptors: Place Based Education, Indigenous Knowledge, Food, Entomology
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Harvey, Deborah; Hedenström, Erik; Finch, Paul – School Science Review, 2017
In a project to determine the UK distribution of a conservation-status beetle "Elater ferrugineus", 300 volunteers were recruited and supplied with traps containing a female pheromone that is an effective attractant for adult males. The occurrence and distribution of the insect were extended from previously estimated values and shown to…
Descriptors: Community Involvement, Volunteers, Climate, Ecology
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Vidal López, Manuel; Yebra, Miguel Ángel; Membiela, Pedro – School Science Review, 2021
Inquiry projects can play an important role in science education, despite involving significant challenges for teachers and students. Based on historical references, small groups of students and their teachers carried out inquiry projects on the ability of certain insects to 'revive' after remaining immersed in water for some time. The striking…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Active Learning, Student Projects, Entomology
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Tilley, Luke – Primary Science, 2014
Insects are easily the most abundant and diverse group of animals, with over 24,000 species in the UK alone. They can be found in almost every habitat on Earth and are fundamentally important to ecology, conservation, food production, animal and human health, and biodiversity. They are a prominent feature of almost every food web in the UK and…
Descriptors: Entomology, Ecology, Science Instruction, Foreign Countries
Piehl, Kathy – School Library Journal, 2011
Insects really need no introduction. They have lived on earth much longer than humans and vastly outnumber people and all other animal species combined. People encounter them daily in their houses and yards. Yet, when children want to investigate insects, books can help them start their explorations. "Paleo Bugs" carries readers back to the time…
Descriptors: Entomology, Ecology, Science Instruction, Books
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Jones, Verity – Primary Science, 2020
Many scientists are in agreement: the world is in a climate and ecological emergency. This has led to a media bombardment of doom-and-gloom stories that pupils are increasingly picking up on and developing what has been termed 'climate anxiety'. In 2015, the Sustainable Development Goals (UNDP, 2015) were agreed by all United Nations member states…
Descriptors: Entomology, Science Instruction, Sustainable Development, Elementary School Science
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