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This Weeks Ag in the Classroom, Its a Bugs Life!

Thu, 01 Oct 2020 13:01:33 CDT

This Weeks Ag in the Classroom, Its a Bugs Life! Whether your kids are doing blended learning, online learning, or back in school, its always nice to have a few extra resources and fun things to do as a family! Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom has come up with some excellent daily activities you can do with your kids and family.

For this week's Ag in the Classroom we are talking about about Bugs! Some Bugs are good bugs, and some bugs are pests! There are more different kinds of insects in the world than all other living things put together. Some are so small we need a microscope to see them. Others are several inches in size. Insects are animals. The animal kingdom is divided into large groups called phyla. All the animals in one phylum have similar characteristics. All the animals that are invertebrates have no backbone. The skeletons of these animals, called exoskeletons, grow on the outsides of their bodies. The animals we usually call “bugs” are from the arthropod phylum of invertebrate animals with exoskeletons.

There are five common classes of arthropods: Insecta (the true insects—grasshoppers, beetles, crickets, butterflies); Arachnida (spiders, ticks, scorpions, chiggers); Chilopoda (centipedes); Crustacea (crawdads, shrimp, crabs) and Diplopoda (millipedes). Insects eat by chewing, piercing and sucking, sponging or siphoning. Grasshoppers, cockroaches, beetles, earwigs, ants and caterpillars chew off and grind their food. They have chewing mouthparts called mandibles that they use like teeth. Stable flies, mosquitoes, adult fleas and sucking lice eat by puncturing tissue and sucking fluids. Their mouthparts are slender beaks or proboscis. Sponging mouthparts are composed of a proboscis with a spongy tip called a labellum. This is adapted for sucking up liquid or readily soluble food. This type of mouthpart is common to house flies, fruit flies and blow flies. Butterflies and moths have long tubes, which they use for sucking up fluids. Butterflies’ taste organs are located in their front feet, and they need only step in a sweet solution to “taste” it

Check out all the fun things students can do from writing stories about bugs, doing a research worksheet about bugs, and even construct science experiments with bugs! Check out all the resources here!

And Don't forget, Teachers, order your FREE resources by following this link!

And don't forget, Ag in the Classroom offers daily activities to do with your kiddos on their website, and their facebook page.



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