Thursday, April 16, 2009

La Cucaracha, La Cucaracha....

The day my students have been waiting for since the first day of school.....cockroach lab. Today we continued our discussion about insects by taking a further look at Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches.

Students took a closer look at these little critters by analyzing characteristics of the roaches. Students were asked to pay particular attention to eating habits, walking manner, use of antennas, reaction to stimuli, gender of their roach, and overall structure of this insect. Today was more of an exploration day to become accustom to the insect's behavior, below are a few highlights from today's lessons.

Students 'carefully' picking out their lab buddy

Cockroach reacting to food

Students returning the cockroaches

Tomorrow we will continue with an in-dept discussion of findings from today's lesson, we will closer examine all of the characteristics listed before to better understand adaptations and habitat of the cockroaches.

Mr. McClung


Justine said...

wow kids what a lot of fun! You don't seem at all scared - reminds me of watching fear factor - after you study them do you get to eat em? I wonder what you will find out about them? Looking forward to following from a distance!
Justine Driver
Pakuranga Heights School, NZ.

phfa14 said...

I'm very impressed that you guys seem completely comfortable with the cockroaches. This looks like a very interesting project that I want to try! :)