The goal is to have the students "make-a-bug" out of an array of transparencies of drawings of abdomens, tails, heads, and thoraxes of real invertebrates.
Students will draw an imaginary bug out of transparencies made from the drawings of real invertebrates.
Students will have to draw this "bug", name it, and fill out a data sheet that makes them identify the parts of their bug.
Transparencies of "bug parts"
Drawing paper
Pencils, colored pencils, crayons
Data Sheets with questions about the "Make-a-Bug
1.  Students select 1 head, 1 thorax, 1 abdomen and 1 tail transparency.
2.  Students put them together to make a "new" bug.
3.  Students draw this bug, color it, and name it. Then they identify its parts on the data sheet.
* Make-a-Bug transparencies and copies courtesy of Donna Gates; Research Assistant of the Macroinvertebrate Lab at the Appalachian Lab in Frostburg, Md.; Illustrations from Voshell,J.R.,Jr. 2001. A Guide to Common Freshwater Invertebrates of North America. 442pp. McDonald and Woodward Publ. Co. Blacksburg, Virginia.
*Data Sheets for Make-a-Bug activity courtesy of Donna Gates.
* Idea of Make-a-Bug activity courtesy of Donna Gates.
State Standards
1.7.3- The student will describe the role of science in the development of literature, art, and music.(NTB)
3.5.1- The student will analyze the relationships between biotic diversity and abiotic factors in environments and the resulting influence on ecosystems.
3.5.2- The student will analyze the interrelationships and interdependencies among different organisms and explain how these relationships contribute to the stabilty of the ecosystem.
6.2.2- The student will explain why interrelationships & interdependencies of organisms contribute to the dynamics of ecosystems. At least Interspecific and intraspecific competition Niche Cycling of materials among organisms Equilibrium/cyclic fluctuations Dynamics of disturbance and recovery Succession: aquatic and terrestrial
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