Science of Seeking Snacks: Learn About Your Senses Through Mantis Research

by  Cleveland Museum of Natural History

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Join this real-life investigation of how praying mantis hunting
behavior gives us insights into our own eating habits. Compare insect and human
senses with a series of hands-on experiments, and see amazing scanning
microscope images of insect sensory organs -- taken in our own Entomology
lab.  Examine insect specimens used at
the Ritzmann Lab with Case Western Reserve University—and hear their brain
activity!  This program will take you beyond
the basic 5 senses with the help of 6-legged scientists!

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About This Program


Multipoint: $250.00
Multipoint Premium: $250.00
Point to Point: $200.00
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1 hour

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Minimum participants:

No minimum!

Maximum participants:

We suggest no more than 30 students per program.

Primary Disciplines

Health/Physical Education, Sciences

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)
Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, etc...)

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

We will reschedule at no additional cost for programs cancelled due to national disasters, time distortions, or other unforeseeable technical difficulties. We will add a 10% processing fee for rescheduling within two weeks of scheduled date without excellent cause.

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Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Cleveland, OH
United States

Our Mission Statement: To inspire, through science and education, a passion for nature, the protection of natural diversity, the fostering of health, and leadership to a sustainable future.
CMNH programs address appropriate Revised Ohio Academic Content Standards in Science and Social Studies, and the National Health Education Standards.

Education Division

Program Details


You and your students will be guided through a series of activities to compare insect senses with our own.
Program includes videos taken at Case Western Reserve University's Ritzmann Labs.
Students are asked to predict how a hungry praying mantis will react to the presence of a tasty cockroach.


• Compare and contrast the body structures and senses of insects with the bodies and senses of other animals, including ourselves
• Describe two or more adaptations of structures and body parts that help insects survive in different environments
• List ways that insects and mammals must adapt to biotic and abiotic factors in their environment
• Identify hormones that serve as chemical signals for both a praying mantis and a human being

Standards Alignment

National Standards

See Ohio Academic Science Standards

State Standards

Ohio - Science
Grade 3: Life Science - Behavior, Growth and Changes
• Plants and animals have life cycles that are part of their adaptations for survival in their natural environments.
Grade 4: Life Science - Earth’s Living History
• Changes in an organism’s environment are sometimes beneficial to its survival and sometimes harmful.
Grade 5: Life Science - Interconnections within Ecosystems
• Organisms perform a variety of roles in an ecosystem.
• All of the processes that take place within organisms require energy.
Grade 6: Life Science – Cellular to Multicellular
• Living systems at all levels of organization demonstrate the complementary nature of structure and function.
Grade 7: Life Science – Cycles of Matter and Flow of Energy
• In any particular biome, the number, growth and survival of organisms and populations depend on biotic and abiotic factors.