Insects- Lapbook, STEAM, Biomimicry

Enter the fascinating world of insects - from grasshoppers to shimmering fireflies. Use the observations to design toys and solve problems.

Looking for something exciting for an insect or animal unit?

An idea for an insect project?

These activities are fun and engaging.

Feel inspired, Be Creative and Make Change.

Lessons about biomimicry require a brave approach to teaching since there is a move away from an approach where teachers are asking questions and looking for quick answers. Instead young learners are given an opportunity to shape and explore their own ideas. Biomimicry and bioinspiration are constantly evolving and new ideas are explored to solve problems and designing innovations.

  1. Introduction to biomimicry

  2. What we know and what we want to know

  3. What I know about insects

  4. Ways to find out about insects

  5. I Love Dragonflies because. . .

  6. How dragonfly and damselfly wings get their patterns

  7. What if I was a dragonfly or a damselfly

  8. Add extra to the ordinary! A dragonfly robot

  9. Insect inspired Invention mind map

  10. Things I Love about beetles and bugs

  11. Acrostic poem

  12. Color-in - bugs and beetles not tasty

  13. Design Challenge— Ladybugs

  14. Light Dance—Fireflies mind map

  15. Random words - fireflies - cartoon

  16. Imagination challenge - grasshopper - jumping machine

  17. Design word challenge

  18. Extra extra read all about it!

  19. Praying mantis - build a machine that can grab things quickly

  20. Gallery of Flies

  21. Writing Challenge

  22. Links and book tips

  23. Biomimicry lapbook

  24. 3 posters

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Created: Mar 6, 2016

Updated: Sep 18, 2019

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