This mini-lesson features a guest scientist, insect expert Dr. Samuel Ramsey. Guided by Dr. Ramsey, students will explore the wide variety of life found in the bug world and learn to appreciate the unique traits and abilities of bugs. In the activity, Paper Creepy Crawlers, students learn about symmetry by creating colorful paper centipedes.
After you complete the lesson and activity, try this extension.
A million different kinds of crawling, many-legged “bugs” live on Earth. Next time you see a “bug” crawling around, take a closer look. If you like, put a clear glass or cup over it first. Draw and color a picture of it. Look at the shape of the body. Check for wings. Count its legs. Insects have six legs. Spiders have eight. Centipedes and millipedes have too many to count! What kind of “bug” do you think it is? You can keep a “bug” journal and make drawings of all the different kinds you find!
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