and Minibeasts: A Creepy Crawly Experience for Grades 1-3
Theresa Hughes-Feletar: Dip.Ed(ece);B.Ed;M.Ed. Updates as needed are
The world of insects has always been fascinating, mainly because
we can see them, they are a part of our daily lives and we have
so much in common with them. Insects are part of a group called
minibeasts, which are creatures without backbones. Like humans,
most insects are social and live in communities--they have leaders,
workers and child rearers. Observing and learning about insects
is fun and exciting because of their size. As you learn and study
through this Internet-based field trip, you will discover that their
microscopic size isn't a problem anymore.
While we can't all have a powerful microscope or magnifying glass
to get a close up view of every tiny pore, hair and segment of the
insects, through the power of the world wide web we can share entomologists'
studies and microphotography with zoom digital cameras to view,
study and dissect online.
Entomology studies using the Internet allow students to:
- discover a variety of insects all over the world;
- converse and exchange ideas and observations with others with
similar interests in insects;
- identify varieties and species found in their physical local
area using online photograph databases;
- fully understand the dangers and precautions required when handling
live insects before attempting to actually handle them.
While working through this field trip it is expected that the students
will also be able to identify personal needs and the needs of other
familiar living things. It is also expected that the students will
be able to identify living creatures that change over time and map
relationships between living things in a habitat.
The Internet Minibeast field trip not only allows you to see these
creatures in a way that you may not be able to without expensive
scientific and photographic equipment, but they guide you toward
being able to safely catch, keep and observe them as you learn in
the real world.
- For the students to practice observation skills.
- For the students to observe, record and classify varieties of
- For the students to understand and extend knowledge of insects
and their habits and habitat.
- For the students to explore insects in their local environment.
- For the students to develop and understanding and respect for