Serving San Diego

Herp Enthusiasts

& the Community

 for over 33 years! 

 

Home
Events & Meetings
Membership
Care Sheets
Adoptions
General Information
Articles
SDHS Education Page
Search
Links
Feedback
SD Science Festival
Emergency Evac

 

 

 

San Diego Science Festival

Insect Resources

 

MAKE A BUG OBSERVATION KIT FROM RECYCLED ITEMS

Any see-thru container that can be securely closed will make a suitable bug observation kit!  Simply wash the container with warm soapy water – rinse well & dry before capturing a bug to observe. Consider the using following items: 

2 – 2 liter Plastic Soda Bottles

Bottle 1: Have a parent cut the domed top off each 2 liter bottle.  Using duct tape apply ½ width of tape to the outside around the bottle cut slits in tape just shy of the bottle rim.  Press the tape down inside the bottle firmly between slits.

Bottle 2:  Have a parent cut the bottle in half at the mid-point.  Repeat the taping process as on bottle 1.

Parent: Heat an ice pick or skewer and make a row of holes around the smaller “top” portion.  Slide the top over the bottom bottle.

Have the child place appropriate substrate and housing décor in the container.  Catch a bug from the backyard – go online – identify the bug – provide proper diet for the bug.  Observe with a small magnifying glass for a bug’s eye view of the world!

 2 Water bottles turn into a cozy little home.  Smaller version of the 2 liter bug house above.

 Plastic Food, Deli Cup and Other Food Containers:  These simply require a few holes poked in the top and habitat decorations.   

Release bugs after a few days of observation & bring in a new inhabitant!

 

BUG EXPLORATION WEB RESOURCES 

http://homeschooling.gomilpitas.com/explore/bugs.htm (Homeschool resources cover everything you can imagine when studying a topic.  This one covers specific bugs to birthday party theme plans and everything inbetween!) 

http://yucky.discovery.com/teachercenter/pg000065.htm (Typical Discovery site - complete information – appeals to the kids with all sorts of “Yucky” facts.) 

http://www.uky.edu/Ag/Entomology/ythfacts/resourc/resourc.htm (This site is so packed with information it will take a year to sift through it all.  Well organizaed.) 

http://www.askkids.com/resource/Insect-Experiments.html (Very Good resources listing of other bug sites – no direct info on this site) 

http://www.orkin.com/learningcenter/kids_and_teachers.aspx (Lots of info & even lesson plans for all ages) 

http://www.pedagonet.com/other/lsplns.html (This is an AWESOME RESCOURCE SITE!) 

http://www.insectlore.com/  (Fun Site with online games, resources, facts and more!) 

http://www.insects.org/ (From Unique insect photos to detailed study – this site is packed with information for the budding entomologist)

 

Recommended Books 

Janice VanCleave's Insects and Spiders: Mind-Boggling Experiments You Can Turn Into Science Fair Projects (Spectacular Science Project) by Janice VanCleave

Insects: A Golden Guide from St. Martin's Press by Herbert S. Zim  

Insects (DK Pockets Series) by DK Publishing, Stephen Brooks

Insects (In Touch With Nature Series) by John Farndon

Insects: Step-by-Step Instructions for 26 Creepy Crawlies by Diana Fisher

National Wildlife Federation Field Guide to Insects and Spiders & Related Species of North America by Arthur V. Evans

Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America by Eric R. Eaton

 

Teacher Resources

http://iitc.tamu.edu/lesson_plans.html

http://www.kinderplans.com/content.cfm?pageid=144 

http://insected.arizona.edu/uli.htm 

http://www.ent.iastate.edu/list/directory/5/vid/5 (Change the state on the right hand column for even more resources!)

 http://www.earthlife.net/insects/six.html

 

Tasty Bug Recipes

http://www.ent.iastate.edu/misc/insectsasfood.html

 

Buggy Crafts

http://www.dltk-kids.com/crafts/insects/crafts.htm

http://www.daniellesplace.com/HTML/bugs.HTML

http://www.enchantedlearning.com/crafts/insects/

http://www.orkin.com/learningcenter/kids_and_teachers_games.aspx

http://familyfun.go.com/crafts/crafts-by-type/animal-bug-crafts/bug-themed-crafts/

 

 

Home ] Events & Meetings ] Membership ] Care Sheets ] Adoptions ] General Information ] Articles ] SDHS Education Page ] Search ] Links ] Feedback ] [ SD Science Festival ] Emergency Evac ]

Send mail to webmaster@SDHerpSociety.org with questions or comments about this web site.
Copyright © 2009 San Diego Herpetological Society
Last modified: 12/10/10