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    In this activity, students write a formal introduction for an insect species of their choice, including information about the insect’s relationship to other animals and also the land. This is designed to help them think about how the Linnaean classification system works.

    By the end of this activity, students should be able to:

    • discuss how simple classification works and why it’s useful
    • carry out research to find out more about an insect
    • present their mihi to the rest of the class.

    Download the Word file for:

    • introduction/background notes
    • what you need
    • what to do
    • student instructions.

    Useful links

    What is this bug? from

    Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research is a handy guide to common invertebrates of New Zealand.

    Research your insect on Wikipedia.

    Use iNaturalist to help identify insects. Find out more how to use this citizen science project in your teaching.

      Published 30 April 2009, Updated 13 December 2011 Referencing Hub articles