Insect Explorations Class
Did you know that there are more insects on Earth than any other kind of animal? Learn about the main characteristics of these creatures and find out how they fit into the food chain and why they are important. View insect collections, and then observe live insects when you take a hike and sweep net in the prairie.
|Time||10:00am - 12:00 noon|
|Class Limit||Minimum 10|
$8.00/participant (children and adults)
One chaperone or teacher per 10 participants is free of charge. A 10-to-1 ratio of students to adults is required.
Please see the field trip planner for more information about scheduling a field trip. (Call 713-274-2668 for class dates and to enroll.)
The following objectives, vocabulary, and TEKs may be addressed during this field trip.
- Use scientific tools and safely implement outdoor investigations about the natural world.
- Know that insects undergo life processes and have structures to help them survive within their environments: explore structure and function of insects, explore characteristics of insects, and compare insect life cycles.
- Insect - an invertebrate (animal with no backbone) that has three body segments (head, thorax, abdomen) and six legs
- Thorax - the middle body part of an insect
- Abdomen - the last (bottom) part of an insect's body
- Antennae - sensory organs on an insect's head, used to smell, taste, feel and sometimes hear
- Camouflage - coloring that allows something to blend in with its surroundings
- Compound eye - eye made up of many lenses (all shaped like hexagons)
- Exoskeleton - hard protective covering found on insects; gets molted as the insect grows; made of chitinous material
- Adaptation - a structure (part of the body) or behavior (action) that helps a plant or animal survive or reproduce in its environment
- Mimicry - an adaptation that allows an organism to resemble another organism
- Metamorphosis - the way that insects develop, grow and change Complete metamorphosis consists of 4 stages of development: egg, larva, pupa, adult; e.g. wasps, bees, beetles, moths, flies, and butterflies
- Incomplete metamorphosis - 3 stages of development: egg, nymph, adult; e.g. dragonflies
- Food Chain - the transfer of food energy from the source in plants through a series of animals, with repeated eating and being eaten
TEKS (2012-2013 Science)
Classes are adjusted to be age-appropriate. All classes address the TEKS Introduction (a)1 and engage students in hands-on activities. Knowledge and skills TEKS addressed may include:
- 1.1A&B, 1.2A&C, 1.3C, 1.4A, 1.9B. 1.10A&B.
- 2.1A&B, 2.2A&C, 2.3C, 2.4A, 2.9B&C, 2.10A&C.
- 3.1A, 3.4A, 3.9A&B, 3.10A&B.
- 4.1A, 4.4A, 4.9B, 4.10A,B&C.
- 5.1A, 5.4A, 5.9A&B, 5.10A&C.
- 6.1A, 6.4A, 6.12E.
- 7.1A, 7.4A, 7.10A&B, 7.11A.
- 8.1A, 8.4A, 8.11A&B.
Pre and Post Trip Materials
Pre and Post Trip Materials (PDF Format)
- Insect Explorations Checklist
- Insect Explorations Pre-Trip Activity (Food Chain Theatrics)
- Insect Explorations Post-Trip Activity (Invent an Insect)
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