Inquiry

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HOW DO TELEPHONES WORK

SIGN LANGUAGE

OUR FANASTIC LEARNING ABOUT MINIBEASTS

MEALWORM EXPLORATION

Pre- Thoughts: What Grade 1/2 students think a MINIBEAST is?

Jake – ‘a small animal that can be poisonous and it can kill some people.

Matthew –  ‘a bug/insect.

Kirsten – ‘a little insect that lives in your backyard and also usually they inject poison or suck up your blood.

Alexandra – ‘an animal like a praying mantis.

Adrian F – ‘is poisonous animals, I think’.

Madison – ‘you can’t hear a minibeast because they are so small. You can’t hear or see them’.

Dimitri – ‘are insects. Some want to have human skin and some don’t’.

Daniel G – ‘a bug. Some are poisonous and some are not poisonous’.

Bianca – ‘a bug that lives in the dirt and some other places as well because they don’t like the sunlight’.

Evan – ‘something that crawls around. Some of them live in your garden and some live underground’.

Chris – ‘an animal that has talons’.

Adrian P – ‘are bugs that are more interesting’.

Giles – ‘an insect’.

Tom – ‘are insects’.

Alexander – a creepy crawly and another way of saying is an insect’.

Oliver – ‘could be very big and very poison and also it could grow very big’.

Ty – ‘are a type of little tiny animals that live in the ground’.

Aria – ‘a small insect and they crawl around. They can eat grass, other types of minibeasts, berries and much more’.

Daniel S – ‘an insect that feed on blood and other insects’.

 

What do YOU know about creepy crawlies?

 What is a minibeast? 

  • A minibeast is a small animal or ‘creepy crawly’.
  • Minibeasts do not have a back bone. They are known as invertebrates.
  • Minibeasts do not have a skeleton inside.
  • Some minibeasts have a hard shell to live in.
  • Minibeasts need shelter, water, food and air to survive.
  • They live all around us in all types of habitats, even in our yards and in our homes.
  • Some minibeasts are carnivores (eat meat) and some are herbivores (eat plants).
  • There are lots of different types of minibeasts e.g. insects, arachnids, molluscs.
  • Minibeasts can be found on land and in water.
  • There are more invertebrates on earth than any other type of animal.
  • Another popular name for invertebrates is BUGS.
  • Bugs include insects, arachnids, myriapods and some crustaceans. Each group is characterised by the number of legs they have and body segments. This group of animals are called arthropoda.

CLICK HERE TO LEARN AND EXPLORE BUGS

You will need to enter your name and then press the LOG IN NOW button. You will then see a window which says ‘ Welcome to the Collection Store’ press continue. Then select, BUGExplorer, BugSorter or BugCollector.

 Create an INSECT

What characteristics make a minibeast an insect? Click on the screen to find out.

 

 Watch and Learn about Insects

LIFE OF INSECTS- By David Attenborough

AMAZING MINIATURE WORLD- By David Attenborough

A New Bug

Click and drag parts to make a new insect!!

                                                  

The Magic School Bus: Make your own MONSTER BUGS 

Let’s Go Searching……

 What animals do you think we might find in the schoolyard? 

Make predictions about:

1. How does the animal move?

2. Which parts of the animal help it to move?

3.  How does the animal see?

4. What does the animal eat?

5. How does the animal protect itself?

6. What kind of place does the animal live in?

RECORD what you find HERE

 THE MAGIC SCHOOL BUS EPISODES 

What is a MANTID?

 

Why is this bug called a ‘praying mantis?’ Explore these websites and learn about these fascinating creatures!

WELCOME TO AUSTRALIAN MANTIDS

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

 

MEAL  WORMS

 

What does a meal worm become?? Click on the following links to find out more about these slimy and wiggly creatures!!

Facts on Mealworms

Mealworms

Bugs are Awesome

Lifecycle of a Mealworm Wheel – PRINTABLE

Meal Worm Pupa Morphing into ????? VIDEO

METAMORPHOSIS

 Metamorphosis is a process that some animals go through to become adults. It involves a series of physical changes, hence they change appearance. There are two types of metamorphosis – complete and incomplete. 

Metamorphosis actually means ‘change’.

INCOMPLETE METAMORPHOSIS

About 12% of all insects go through incomplete metamorphosis. Incomplete metamorphosis has 3 stages.

    • Egg– A female insect lays eggs. These eggs are often covered by an egg case which protects the eggs and holds them together.
    • Nymph– The eggs hatch into nymphs. Nymphs looks like small adults, but usually don’t have wings. Insect nymphs eat the same food that the adult insect eats. Nymphs shed or molt their exoskeletons (outer casings made up of a hard substance called chitin) and replace them with larger ones several times as they grow. Most nymphs molt 4-8 times.
    • Adult – The insects stop molting when they reach their adult size. By this time, they have also grown wings.

AMAZING CICADA LIFECYCLE

 COMPLETE METAMORPHOSIS

About 88% of all insects go through complete metamorphosis. Complete metamorphosis has 4 stages:

      • Egg– A female insects lays eggs.
      • Larva– Larvae hatch from the eggs. They do not look like adult insects. They usually have a worm-like shape. Caterpillers, maggots, and grubs are all just the larval stages of insects. Larvae molt their skin several times and they grow slightly larger.
      • Pupa – Larvae make cocoons around themselves. Larvae don’t eat while they’re inside their cocoons. Their bodies develop into an adult shape with wings, legs, internal organs, etc. This change takes anywhere from 4 days to many months.
      • Adult – Inside the cocoon, the larvae change into adults. After a period of time, the adult breaks out of the cocoon.

 THE LIFECYCLE OF A BUTTERFLY

This term the Grade 1/2 teachers have been presenting to the students ‘what turns them on’? In other words, we have been talking about what we REALLY enjoy doing.Mr. C has spoken about his childhood interest in Batman which has followed him into his adult life. As a team we have watched the 1960s TV series and were pleasantly surprised at how well the producers summarised the story at the end of each episode.Mrs. Chapman spoke about her interest in ‘GOLF’ and even brought her caddy to school allowing the students to test their skills!!Today, the 14th of March I spoke to my class about one of my passions. The Popplet below summarises what Princess Beadress is all about!

RESEARCH TIME

Decide on a MINIBEAST and prepare to showcase your work!

You can choose to do an animal report in one of these ways.

1. Booklet

2. Poster

3. PowerPoint Presentation

Please inform your teacher what ‘BUG’ you have chosen to research.

Here are some sites to help you.

Spiders

BioKids – Spiders 

Honeybees

Minibeasts Resources – a range of animals

 

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