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TOPIC: Mealworms.

GRADES: 3-4

AUTHOR: Vicky Maddy

APPROPRIATE GROUP SIZE(S):

TIME REQUIRED: 30 minutes per day over several days.

OBJECTIVES:

INDIANA STATE UPPER ELEMENTARY/INTERMEDIATE SCIENCE PROFICIENCIES:

MATERIALS and RESOURCES:

PREPARATION:

STUDENT ACTIVITIES:

  1. Each student is given the materials needed for the experiment. They inspect the mealworm and begin their observations about it.
  2. Students are given the Scientific Method sheet and the Journal material. The class writes the problem to be answered as: What will the Meal worm change into? (You may want to skip the research section of the scientific method so they will be surprised that it changes into a beetle. Then talk later about how research would have shown the answer quickly).
  3. Each student will write in their journals and measure the mealworm for data.
  4. Observations need to be made and recorded daily. When the slice of apple or potato dries out, a new piece may be needed.
  5. During this time, experiments can be made varying the conditions of the mealworm. (i.e. temperature, food, or light)
  6. Graphing can be done depending on the variables used in the experiments. (See Science Experiments & Nature Studies : Macmillan Instant Activities Program, c1982)
  7. Creative writing, drawings, journaling and graphing can be done throughout this writing period. Also, literature should be used.

STUDENT ASSESSMENT:

TEACHER NOTES:


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