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Minibeasts, a TESiboard Science Collection
The study of minibeasts forms an important part of the Science curriculum in the summer term. The large variety of creatures classed under this heading and their ready availability in local environments means that lessons on minibeasts need never be dull! Practical observations and investigations are essential, but it is important to provide background information, and to test the pupils’ understanding, with resources such as these below.
- An interactive information book about UK minibeasts, amphibians and reptiles, with pop-up definitions of features. It has simple, clear text and audio support.
- An activity for making a label or a caption for a non-fiction display or class book.
- Create a virtual habitat, add minibeasts into your environment, then watch them search about for a place that they like to live in. Why do certain minibeasts prefer specific environments to live in or to find food? What characteristics of the simplified model are important to the minibeast?
- Zoom in on different parts of the habitat to count the insects. Use the three sets of data to prompt a range of comparison questions. This could be used as a preliminary activity before carrying out a survey in the school grounds and plotting the results.
- An activity for pupils to sort minibeasts using their own visual criteria. Choose from a selection of minibeasts then make sets and add labels.
- Gather data to make index cards for sorting minibeasts. Use the text and pictures to find information for the index cards. After completing several cards, ask pupils to propose questions and answer them by sorting.
- Ask pupils to propose ‘yes/no’ questions that will sort a number of minibeasts using a branching tree diagram or ‘key’.
- An interactive, explanation book with colourful illustrations and a simple text, to explain the lifecycle of a butterfly. Click the speaker icon for full sound support.
- An activity to sequence the stages of a butterfly’s lifecycle. Drag the pictures into the cyclical diagram, placing them in the right order, then press the play button to see and hear the sequence.
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