Snowy Entomologyby: Pamela Schmidt, Joan Schumaker Chadde, and Michael Buenzli

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Insects can be useful for investigations because they are numerous, relatively easy to find, and fascinating to students. Most elementary students have limited understandings of what exactly becomes of insects during the winter, often guessing that insects must “go to sleep” or “they just die.” In this winter activity, students learn about insect adaptations for winter survival. Afterwards, they venture outdoors—sometimes on snowshoes—to search for insects. Students make observations about the insects and collect data. Suggestions are given for possible extensions of this winter ecology investigation.

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  • on Sat Oct 15, 2011 10:54 AM

Fun activity engage students in a winter field trip exploring for insects and evidence of their existence. The author gives numerous tips for dressing for the weather and how to locate insects. This inquiry activity teaches students about adaptation and can be used as a starting point for writing. A nice data collecting sheet is included which will make it easy for you to implement this activity in the coming winter months.

Patricia  (Pottstown, PA)
Patricia (Pottstown, PA)

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