ERIC Number: EJ745122
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Reference Count: 0
Insects in the Classroom: A Study of Animal Behavior
Miller, Jon S.
Science Activities: Classroom Projects and Curriculum Ideas, v41 n2 p24-31 Sum 2004
These activities allow students to investigate behavioral responses of the large Milkweed bug, "Oncopeltus fasciatus," and the mealworm, "Tenebrio molitor" or "Tenebrio obscurus," to external stimuli of light, color, and temperature. During the activities, students formulate hypotheses to research questions presented. They also observe insects for a period of time, record observations, analyze the data, and draw conclusions. Important outcomes include experience with critical and analytical thinking and appreciation for the process of science as well as the biology of living things. The activities described herein are appropriate for upper elementary grades, middle school, and high school biology classes. (Contains 6 Figures.)
Descriptors: Entomology, Animal Behavior, Science Activities, Learning Activities, Observational Learning, Stimuli, Class Activities, Biology, Science Instruction, Experiential Learning, Elementary Secondary Education, Science Experiments
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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