2001 KSTA Conference
Classroom Project: MEAT-A-Bug
and your students are brave enough, this exercise can be a great way to BEEF up your entomology skills!
|Is meat a little too gross? Or are there vegetarians in the group? Rotten fruits and vegetables work too, and attract a whole different group of insects!|
Classroom Project: Cricket$ For Dollar$
First, get a cricket-raising set-up going in the classroom. Check out our factsheet on cricket raising for the materials needed. Note that this same project would also work great with mealworms, which are just as easy to raise.
Next, assign various duties to the students. Students could rotate between feeding, cleaning, and counting insects, for instance. Have the students keep track of how much food is used and how many adult crickets are produced. Then students could contact local stores and determine the selling price of bait crickets to estimate "profits." Students could even try to sell the crickets at a school function at the end of the year for actual profits, bake-sale style!
By keeping track of how much it costs to raise crickets and researching how much crickets could potentially be sold for, students can learn some basic economics while observing an insect life cycle. This long-term exercise allows children to become familiar and comfortable with insects, while the maintenance of a living insect colony gives students a lesson in responsibility.
Did You Know?
The Entomology Department will be present with displays, insects, and information at the following events and
locations in 2001 and 2002:
Tell your students about these upcoming dates! And be sure to come to "Bugz-All-Day," our annual spring event at the Lexington Children's Museum!
A Note from the Editor
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Royal Walnut Moth and Robber Fly photos courtesy of R. Bessin, Department of Entomology, University of Kentucky
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