What's Bugging You?
This TopicQuest was designed for third graders.
By Gina Thomas, a Valdosta State University Preservice Teacher

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When did you last see a bug that you could not identify?  Well, now is your time!!  We are going to learn all about the different kinds of insects.  We will learn how to describe insects including its colors, its shape, and its purpose for buzzing around.  Aren't you getting excited about learning about the creepy crawling insects of our earth?  Well, here we go....off to learn about insects and bugs!  Hop...Hop...we go to explore!



Did you know that we need honeybees for polinating our crops and producing honey for us to eat?  Honeybees are good insects in our world.  They either live in hives or colonies.  We also have bumblebees where we live.  Like the honeybee, the bumblebee is a social insect too.  A big difference in the honeybee and the bumblebee is that bumblebees will rarely sting you and the honeybees will.  Once you can identify each bee you will be safe to take a closer look without getting a sting but be sure you know your facts first!  For more fun and facts on bees you can check out this website.

Aren't we all scare of these little creatures?  This insect is called a wasp.  Although most of the time wasps are social insects and will not bother you, they can be dangerous if disturbed.  They will sting you.  Most of the time wasps will feed on house flies and garden pests.  There are different types of wasps such as yellowjackets and hornets.  These two types of wasps are dangerous as well. To better identify which one you are looking at you should look at their body size and the pattern on the abdomen.  This will tell you which wasp you are looking at.

Ladybugs are very pretty bugs.  Did you know that most ladybugs secrete an odor when something threatens to eat them so that the predator will leave them alone.  Unlike most bright colorful bugs, ladybugs are the most distasteful of them all.  Do you like coloring ladybugs?  If so, you can visit here and enjoy some coloring.

Everyone knows about houseflies, don't they?  You know what they look like and you know that they are harmless.  What you probably didn't know is that flies react to movement five times faster than humans do.  That is why they are so hard to swat and catch.  Can you believe that?  The average life span of a female flie is only 26 days and for the male it is about 15 days.

brown recluse
Who likes these little creepy critters?  First, you need to know that this is a brown recluse spider.  Next, you need to know that they do bite and depending on the person, the results of the bite vary from no pain at all to a lot of pain.  Do you know how to identify a brown recluse spider?  These unique spiders have a brown violin on their back that will identify them.  They are named after " fiddlers."

black widow

This spider is known as the black widow spider.  This spider, like the brown recluse spider, is very dangerous to us as well.  This spider can be identified because he is black with a red hourglass shape on its abdomen.  The body of a black widow is usually round.  Be very careful if you see one of these spiders.  Do not play with this little critter!!!

Guess what?  You have been chosen to be an expert at the National Bugs & Insects Organization.  This means that you will have to know your facts really well to be the best expert ever.  To be able to show and tell the information that you have learned about bugs and insects you will have to draw three pictures describing at least three insects that you have learned about.  After drawing the three pictures, you will need to tell at least three facts that are important to know about each insect.  Finally, the last thing you will need to do is list the insects that may be harmful to humans so everyone will know to stay away from those little critters...  You may refer back to the websites of any of the insects which include honeybees, bumblebees, wasps, ladybugs, brown recluse spiders,houseflies, and black widow spiders.  Okay, show the organization that you are the expert for the job!!!

Misson Steps
1.  We will learn about insects and bugs by looking and studying the websites on this page.

2.  Next, we will take out some paper and you will draw three small pictures of the insects that you are most interested in.

3.  After drawing the three insects of your choice, you will write down beside your drawings at least three important facts about each insect.

4.   Last, you will list and name the insects that may be harmful to humans so that they know not to play with those critters.

5.  After you get finished with these tasks, you can hand in your paper and I will get busy putting your hardwork on the Internet for everyone to see who the best expert is at the National Bugs & Insect Organization.

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