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    In this activity, students use their skills of observation and scientific drawing to make a wanted poster for an insect. Included on the poster is a description of the features of their insect and details of where it might be found.

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

    • confidently describe and document the features of an insect
    • explain why careful observation is an important skill for scientists.

    Download the Word file for:

    • introduction/background notes
    • what you need
    • what to do
    • extension idea.

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    In the Connected article City of bugs, students teamed up with a scientist to find out which ecosystem in their city had the most invertebrates. After gathering data, they worked on creating flyers to share their learning.

    Explore What’s so special about insects?Insects – physical characteristics and Aquatic insect life to find out more about insects.

    Discover the wide range of our resources on insects, or explore the range of content under our invertebrates topic.

    Learn about bringing insects into your classroom in our PLD webinar All about insects featuring entomologists Dr Chrissie Painting and Tom Saunders.

    Activity ideas

    Identifying bugs – with Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research’s easy-to-use web pages.

    Moths – learn how to collect moths and how to rear them to observe their life cycle. Watch a video on rearing moths and then write a ‘how to’ guide in Rearing insects.

    Observation: learning to see uses images of frogs to help students gain observation and inference skills – adapt this for insects.

    In Insect mihi, students write a formal introduction for an insect species including its relationship to other animals and the land.

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