Building Better Bug
Snack: Bugs on a Log - Cut ribs of celery into three pieces. Spread the inside
"gutter" with peanut butter. Stick plump raisins on top.
body-building parts to gather in advance:
implements such as mini-tongs
have fascinatingly functional bodies. The things they can do with their amazing
array of body parts!
- A honey
bee's wings beat 15,000 times a minute.
- The mole
cricket doesn't have legs up front - it looks like they're tiny shovels!
butterfly's tongue is really a flexible tube that coils up into a spiral,
to be "unwound" deep into a flower.
legs have jagged edges to rub together and send signals.
- A scale's
mouth is like a bottle opener to pierce the stem or leaf and drink up.
- The enormous
eyes of the dragonfly let him see at all angles; they are like a ballroom
globe with many, many "facets," which are small, smooth, flat areas such
as you can see on a cut diamond.
- Many flying
insects have bristly legs to help them hang on to their prey.
- A fruit
fly's eyes have tiny hairs to help him feel as well as see!
- A longhorn
beetle's antennae may be three times as long as his body.
What's your favorite insect? Find
a picture of one whose body functions you like, or go from memory. Then
scrounge around for items such as those listed above that you can use to build
a model of your favorite insect. Let's build a model that shows how that bug's
body really works!