In this activity, students write a formal introduction for an insect species of their choice, including information about the insect’s relationship to other animals and also the land. This is designed to help them think about how the Linnaean classification system works.
By the end of this activity, students should be able to:
- discuss how simple classification works and why it’s useful
- carry out research to find out more about an insect
- present their mihi to the rest of the class.
Download the Word file for:
- introduction/background notes
- what you need
- what to do
- student instructions.
In the Connected article City of bugs, students teamed up with a scientist to find out which ecosystem in their city had the most invertebrates.
Learn about bringing insects into your classroom in our PLD webinar All about insects featuring entomologists Dr Chrissie Painting and Tom Saunders.
Identifying bugs – with Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research’s easy-to-use web pages.
Observation: learning to see uses images of frogs to help students gain observation and inference skills – adapt this for insects.