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Hands-on Activity

Buggy Bodies

Fun Forces
Summary
In this activity, students will investigate how a specific group of insects move, referred to in our lesson as the focus insects. They will observe the body structures of ants, grasshoppers, and dragonflies and how those structures enable their unique movement. Students will evaluate how the different kinds of body structures and movements of the focus insects are beneficial to each insect’s survival.
Overview
Topic: Structure and Function
Real World Science Topics:
  • An evaluation of the common characteristics of three insects – ant, grasshopper and dragonfly
  • A comparison of the unique characteristics of each insect to include their body parts and function
  • An evaluation of the relationship between each insect’s body and its ability to survive and function
Objective
After completing this activity, students will be able to describe common characteristics shared between an ant, grasshopper and dragonfly. Students will be able to describe the body parts of each insect and how these parts help the insect move and survive.

Activity Difficulty Rating: 1 Each hands-on science activity has been ranked based on difficulty of set up and how difficult they are to perform. The rating scale is from 1 to 5, with 1 being the easiest and 5 being the most complicated.

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