A Bug Quest

A WebQuest for 4th grade

Based on the book Don' Bug Me!

By Pam Zollman

Introduction

Welcome to a bug filled adventure. This WebQuest is sure to make your skin crawl! You will experience many aspects of insects and other interesting creatures as you enter websites loaded with pictures and information about these gross little bugs.

For more information about the author Pam Zollman and her book Don't Bug Me! click on the following websites.

http://www.pamzollman.com

http://www.scbwi-houston.org/Pam%20Zollman.htm

Task

Your first task is to read the book Don't Bug Me! by Pam Zollman. Next, you will be able to explore many websites about insects. The websites contain interesting facts and photos of insects. Some websites have video clips and games. At one of the website you will take a short multiple-choice quiz to check your understanding. This quiz will not be graded. Be sure to explore each website and take notes throughout to help you with the final activity.The final activity will ask you to identify one species of insect that you have learned about. You will need to describe at least three physical characteristics, at least one way the species has impacted the world, and three other facts about the species that you find interesting. You may want to view the rubric for the final activity before you begin.

Click to view the Ohio Academic Content Standards used in this WebQuest.

Good Luck!

Resources

In order to complete this webquest you will need the following resources.

  • Computer
  • Web browser
  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Click here for list of websites

Process

 

You are now ready to begin your quest! Start by visiting these sites to read important facts and information about insects. You will learn about insect anatomy, metamorphosis, characteristics, and many other interesting facts by exploring the websites below. It is a lot of information, so you may want to take notes.

http://www.ento.vt.edu/IHS/

http://www.thebugpage.com/

http://www.yahooligans.com/Science_and_Nature/Living_Things/Animals/Invertebrates/Arthropods/Insects/

insect info. http://www.ivyhall.district96.k12.il.us/4th/kkhp/1insects/buginfo.html

http://www.bijlmakers.com/entomology/metamorphosis.htm

 

The next website will allow you to click on different species of insects to learn more about their physical characteristics, habitat, and other interesting facts.

http://www.ivyhall.district96.k12.il.us/4th/kkhp/1insects/bugmenu.html

Be sure to pay attention to the information presented in this website that is loaded with important information about insects. You will use this website and the others that you have explored to complete a short quiz below.

http://earthlife.net/insects/six.html

Now you are ready to take the quiz! This 10 question, multiple choice quiz will not be graded. The purpose of the quiz is to check your understanding of the material covered to this point. Make sure to go back and find the answers to any questions that you answered incorrectly. Good Luck!

http://www.earthlife.net/insects/insect-test01.html

Check out the following websites to learn more about insects and to view various pictures of different insect species.

http://www.virtualinsectary.com/
http://www.dgsgardening.btinternet.co.uk/insects.htm
http://creatures.ifas.ufl.edu/
http://www.insecta-inspecta.com/

 

Click on the following websites for videos, games, and other optional activities.


http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/alienempire/multimedia/hive.html

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/alienempire/multimedia/metropolis.html\

http://www.brainpop.com/science/plantsandanimals/insects/

http://cartalk.cars.com/Tools/gunk-quiz.pl

http://www.ento.vt.edu/~sharov/3d/virtual.html

http://ufbir.ifas.ufl.edu/

Conclusion

Congratulations! You have reached the end of this bug webquest. It's time to use all of you new knowledge about insects to complete the final activity.

First, you will need to write a paper (at least 2 pages in length) describing one species of insect. Choose any insect that you would like to write about. Describe at least three physical characteristics of the species (head, thorax, and abdomen excluded). Draw a diagram of the species and label the three characteristics that you have described in your paper.

Next, describe at least one way this particular species of insect has impacted the world as we know it. This information can be located in several of the websites that you have explored.

Finally, describe three facts about this species that you found most interesting and tell why.

Evaluation

The final activity will be graded based on this rubric.

Citations

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