In this activity, students use their skills of observation and scientific drawing to make a wanted poster for an insect. Included on the poster is a description of the features of their insect and details of where it might be found.
By the end of this activity, students should be able to:
- confidently describe and document the features of an insect
- explain why careful observation is an important skill for scientists.
Download the Word file for:
- introduction/background notes
- what you need
- what to do
- extension idea.
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. After gathering data, they worked on creating flyers to share their learning.
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.
In Insect mihi, students write a formal introduction for an insect species including its relationship to other animals and the land.