Meet the Mealwormsby: Teena Staller

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Fourth-grade students’ inquiry skills are tested when a container of mealworms arrives and they are given the opporunity to explore an unfamiliar organism. Students complete a series of mealworm activities, from observing and drawing the mealworms, to evaluating their movements and senses. Next, the teacher observes how they respond when she brings in snails. The 10-day study allowed students to examine and compare living creatures, while also spurring them to further scientific investigation and discovery.

Grades
  • Elementary
  • Middle
Publication Date
2/1/2005

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  • on Sat Oct 29, 2011 4:04 PM

This article is full of simple investigations related to mealworms that will engage budding scientists and develop process skills. The mealworm is a perfect organism for study. It is easily available at pet stores and easy to maintain in the classroom. Although this article gave numerous ideas for inquiry, it is weak on how student journals were assessed.

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


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