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A WebQuest for Grades 2-5



This activity is designed to help students learn about insect anatomy, habitat, and lifestyle by introducing them to insects belonging to the ten most common insect orders.



The tasks in this Web-based activity address the national standards in K-4 and 5-8 Life Science.

Arrange students into pairs and assign to each pair one of the following insect orders:

  1. Orthoptera (grasshoppers and crickets)
  2. Coleoptera (beetles)
  3. Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths)
  4. Diptera (flies and mosquitoes)
  5. Hymenoptera (ants, wasps, and bees)
  6. Hemiptera (true bugs)
  7. Homoptera (aphids and cicadas)
  8. Dermaptera (earwigs)
  9. Odonata (dragonflies and damselflies)
  10. Isoptera (termites)

Depending on the number of students in your class, you might want to assign one group of students to research insects in general, create a diagram of an insect, and develop a key for distinguishing one order of insects from another.

Have each pair of students complete for their assigned order steps 1-2 in the process section of the WebQuest. Activity. Then have each student individually complete steps 3-4. Students will complete step 5 as a class.

The following links will provide additional information to help you guide and evaluate student work during this WebQuest:

Click here for the main A Bug Safari page.

Article by Linda Starr
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