Bugscope

Session 2003-052 with The Odyssey School

Application

The School

School Name The Odyssey School
School Homepage www.theodysseyschool.org
Location Stevenson Maryland, USA
Community Suburban
Type Private

The Class

Subjects Taught Science
Grades Taught 3rd
Number of Students 16

The Project

Project Title Adaptations of Arthropods
Insects To Study Sowbugs, crickets, spider, millipedes
Project Description Our school is a coed school and the students who attend are dyslexic or have been diagnosed with a language related disability. Class size is small and addressing equity in terms of gender and learning styles is easily done. Our class size is eight students and I teach two classes. We will be studying arthropods this fall as part of a unit that will emphasize living and non-living characteristics as well as classifying animals according to structural and behavioral characteristics. We will be collecting insects using various means--Berlese fuunel, sweep net, and a board trap. We have the Brock microscopes to observe our collected specimens. The students will have the opportunity to use their journals to observe, sketch, and record. We will be observing both cricket and ant behavior. A beekeeper will make a presentation for the students. The emphasis during discussions will be on adaptations and diversity. We will be discussing how arthropods are adapted to particular habitats and what makes them unique. Students will be asked to take what they have learned and

Miscellaneous

Where did you hear about Bugscope? I heard about Bugscope last year through NSTA and the internet. I used it with a class and received enthusiastic praise! Students, teachers, and parents were very excited about it! We downloaded pictures and used them in a presentation. The students and I thought it was very useful and exciting to learn about what we were seeing while communicating online and viewing the images at the same time!

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