Last December we started an insect mini unit (Click here to see it). It was all about Little Guy's love for the tiny creatures. We learned about insect structures, features, and life cycles.
These days my 5-8 year old Spanish classes have been learning about insects too. They get to describe them in the target language. My own kids have join one of classes for the past three weeks. Their love for insects have been rekindled. Once, we were finished with our rock unit, we decided to go back to observing and learning about insects.
We started looking at mealworms.
We went to our local pet shop yesterday afternoon, and for $3.50 received 50 mealworms.
We spent this morning observing them.
We are using some of the lessons form the Insect FOSS science unit. Above the kids are collecting information. What does the mealworm have? what color is it? How does it move? What do they do when you put two together?..etc.
Each one got two mealmorms to care for. We talked about what they need to survive: food, water, air, and a space to live. The kids poked holes on the lid for ventilation, added a spoonful of food, a piece of carrot for moisture, and finally placed their mealworms in the vial. Big Sister even named hers Sam and Diamante! My entomologist-want-to-be-son decided to named his One and Two.
Here the kids were writing their observations. They came up with: it only has feet in the front of the body, the end is pointy, its head is black and small, the antennas are on the sides of the head...etc. They drew and colored them in their insect log.
Here are the other 46 mealworms! I am not sure what I will do with all of them, but 50 is the smallest amount you can buy.
This is what part of our science area looks like now. We have moved the rocks to the side, and started to collect insects. Besides the mealworms, we have 10+ ladybugs currently enjoying our ladybug habitat. We also have a chrysalis from a caterpillar we found in the garage in September, and there are several carcasses of insects like bees, cicadas, flies, etc.