Bugscope

Session 2006-018 with Washington Elementary School

Application

The School

School Name Washington Elementary School
School Homepage http://cms2.wauwatosa.k12.wi.us/display/router.asp?docid=5215
Location Wauwatosa Wisconsin, USA
Community Suburban
Type Public

The Class

Subjects Taught Special Education
Grades Taught 2nd Grade
Number of Students 75

The Project

Project Title Beetles, Butterflies, and Bugs, Oh My!
Insects To Study Darkling beetles, milkweed bugs, a variety of butterflies, and other bugs the children find
Project Description Objectives: - To develop a curiosity and interest in insects and a respect for them as living things. - To experience some of the great diversity of forms in the animal kingdom. - To become familiar with some of the life sequences that different types of insects exhibit (simple and complete metamorphosis). - To observe similarities and differences in the larvae, pupae, and adults of the insects that go through complete metamorphosis. - To observe the behaviors of insects at different stages of their life cycle. - To become familiar with the parts of an insect such as the head, thorax, and abdomen. - To answer the overall question: what makes an insect an insect? Composition of classroom: There are three second grade classrooms. Each class is very diverse. Although the classrooms have a very close ratio of males to females, there is a variety of races/ethnicities including Caucasian, African-American, Hispanics, Hmong and other Asian backgrounds. We will share what we have learned from this project with colleagues in our school and our district and other schools and districts. We will invite our colleagues to our Bugscope session and will also share information with others that were unable to join the session. Other teachers in our district will also be given information about Bugscope. Through my experience with Bugscope at Marquette University, I have already passed it on to the Wauwatosa School District. I will continue to share information with other schools and districts.

Miscellaneous

Where did you hear about Bugscope? When I was a college student at Marquette University, my science instructor showed preservice teachers Bugscope.

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