Today’s Lesson : Insects & Bugs

Class Bell ringer- Is all bugs insects?

All bugs are insects, but under the technical definition, not all insects are bugs. True bugs belong to an order of insects called Hemiptera. … Most people think of bugs as any small, non-sea creature with more than four legs, which covers everything from spiders to beetles to millipedes.

Q: Is there a difference between an insect and a bug?
A: Yes, there is a difference.

  • A bug is a certain type of insect. Some examples you might be familiar with are the boxelder bug, milkweed bug, assassin bug, and stink bug.
  • True bugs have a stylet (a mouth shaped like a straw) that they use to suck plant juices from plants. The assassin bugs use their stylets to suck blood from other insects.
  • The front wings of true bugs are thickened and colored near where they are attached to the insect’s body, and are clearer and thinner towards the hind end of the wing. The hind wings are usually clear and tucked underneath the front wings.

Q: How do insects grow?
A: Insects have their skeletons on the outside, with their soft parts inside. That makes it hard for them to grow. Every time they want to become bigger, they have to break out of their skin and swell up to their new size before their new skin hardens. This is called molting. This means that once the insect is at its final size (adult form), it can’t grow any bigger! So the butterflies and moths that you see flying around won’t be any bigger tomorrow than they are today!

Q: What do insects eat?
A: Just about anything! There are so many different insects and each one may eat something different. Lots of them eat plants. Some of them eat other insects. Some of them eat blood (like mosquitoes). Nectar from plants is also a popular food. And many insects (like cockroaches or ants) will be happy to polish off that cookie you dropped on the floor!

And Now the Fun !

More Bug activities http://www.scholastic.com/magicschoolbus/games/quizzes/index.htm

Craft Time & Books :

Made with clothes pins : these coffee filter butterflies , pom pom hungry Caterpillar and dragon fly are inexpensive and cute classroom crafts.

Crawl into the wonderful world of bugs—a fun photographic adventure.

Take your child on an educational adventure bursting with the kinds of colorful photographs you need in bug books for kids.

The Backyard Bug Book for Kids has everything you’d want in bug books for kids: a story, pictures, and activities combined. Introduce your little one to the types of bugs they’re likely to see during their day, then help them remember what they’ve learned with fun, on-the-page challenges.

Go beyond other bug books for kids with:

  • Bugs galore—Learn cool facts about familiar insects: ladybugs, grasshoppers, dragonflies, and more.

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