Kids love insects! They're everywhere and they're super fascinating. Insects are the most diverse group of animals on Earth with over a million known and recorded species living among us. Human study of insects date back to the days of Ancient Greece and Rome. However, it was only in the early 19th century that the distinct field of scientific study of insects was established... Entomology!
This creative project based learning (PBL) challenge is a fun printable worksheet set to encourage young children and students to find out more about the field of Entomology and take a deeper look at the study of insects.
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Printable & Activity Objectives
Age: 8 to 9 year olds, Activity Time: 6-8 hours, Items Needed: Colouring and writing pencils.
In this activity, your child will learn about the field of Entomology and what Entomologists do, insects in general and the different species of insects in their neighbourhood.
It will help your child or student:
Learn about the different areas of focus of Entomology namely, insect classification, insect distribution, insect physiology and insect life cycles.
Learn about the key characteristics of insects.
Learn how to survey, observe and record the different insects in their neighbourhood or school.
Improve his/her artistic and creative skills by drawing and colouring various insect related drawing challenges.
How to Get Started
Simple steps to start:
Research and find out more about the field of Entomology. Here's a nice introduction video by the Royal Entomological Society (UK):
Here's a great video about the life of an Entomologist (a butterfly expert!) and the good work she does:
Here's a great video which gives a more in-depth look at the field of Entomology and a fantastic introduction into insects:
Here's a great animated video about identifying different types of insect and the explanation of insect classifications or taxonomy:
Here's a great pictorial resource of insect related information:
This printable project based learning (PBL) pack consists of 8 printable worksheets for your students or children to kick-off their study of insects. Here's what it consists of:
1 Junior Entomologist Job Description Sheet with Application Form. (This can be either distributed to the class or put up on the bulletin board)
1 Key Areas of Entomology Description Matching Sheet.
1 Key Characteristics of Insects Quiz and Colouring Sheet.
1 Complete and Colour the Different Types of Insects Sheet.
1 Local Insect Survey Sheet. (to be used as an outdoor activity)
1 Most Common Insects Drawing Sheet (to be used after the insect survey sheet is completed)
1 Junior Entomologist Insect Expert Information Sheet. (Assign different groups or students to different insects types. Get them to research and complete this sheet. They can then present or put up their findings.)
1 Junior Entomologist Insect Expert Printable Bracelet Sheet. (Each expert should wear the bracelet that represents their insect of choice.)
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