If you’re a teacher, a parent who home-schools, or a youth-group leader, the BugWeek Web Team has some great resources that can help you teach lessons on science with fun bug-related activities.
“How Genetic Variation Helps Bugs” is a project that asks students to take a paper butterfly and color it with a pattern that blends in with some part of the classroom environment. Then, students place their butterflies somewhere that matches the camouflage pattern. Later, other students pretend they’re hungry birds and try to find the camouflaged butterflies. The lesson ends with questions that help students understand the role that camouflage plays in natural selection and genetic variation. The lesson is designed for middle school students but can be adapted for older or younger kids.
In “The Scientific Inquiry Process,” students learn to think like scientists by carrying out an investigation on a bug-related question they develop. It begins with making observations and asking questions about the observations, progresses to designing and carrying out a specific study, and finally asks students to communicate their findings to others. The lesson outlines a sample study on black swallowtail butterflies, which students can replicate or just use for inspiration and reference purposes.
We’ve also linked to two web pages from the 4-H Youth Development Program that offer a total of about 30 instructional documents, projects and other educational resources that can serve as lessons in themselves, or study guides to supplement entomology lessons.
- Additional Lessons for All Ages – 4-H Entomology Resources
- Additional Lessons for All Ages – Florida and National 4-H Materials