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
See Ohio Academic Science 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.