Wednesday, 4 June 2014

So What IS an Insect?

The question got us thinking ... and exploring for answers.  We pawed through some of the fabulous books we have in our class at the moment, and watched a couple of fabulous clips online:

We talked about some of our learning from Te Papa.  We recalled that bugs without backbones are called invertebrates.  We also remembered that snails were a type of mollusc.  We found out from our books that spiders are arachnids.  We also found out that all insects are bugs, but not all bugs are insects.

We know that an insect's body has three parts - the head, thorax and abdomen.  It has two antennae (or feelers) which it uses to 'smell' things.  An insect has 6 legs and compound eyes ... they can see all around them.

Using our knowledge, we sorted some bugs into the three categories we know about.  We are really interested to learn more about insects in our garden, so today's learning was a really important part of our inquiry.

We have since learnt that worms are in fact not molluscs, they are called  'annelids' and centipedes and millipedes are called 'myriapods'.  Gosh, there is so much to learn about insects...

1 comment:

  1. Hi SUper Duper E7
    Thank you for sharing your learning about insects with us. We watched the you tube clips and they are helping to find out what an insect is. We are going to share them on our blog we can show our families too. From the super duper children in E6!