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Hunting Minibeasts


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    Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council

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Hunting Minibeasts

In this activity (p.6-10 of PDF), learners use different methods for hunting minibeasts (bugs). Learners can either make traps or simply look for minibeasts under stones and logs. Learners can record the number of minibeasts they find. Use this activity to observe bugs and compare minibeasts found in different habitats. Safety note: Learners should always wash their hands before and after handling animals.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
free

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 11

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan

Language:
English

Materials List (per group of students)


  • Tally chart
  • Container for holding minibeasts that are caught
  • (Optional) Pooter trap materials: transparent plastic (neoprene) tubing with an 8 mm inside diameter, soft rubber tubing with a 6 mm inside diameter, a tubing adapter (available from most science equipment suppliers), a piece of fine mesh
  • (Optional) Bug brolly trap materials: umbrella and stick
  • (Optional) Pitfall trap materials: plastic cup
  • (Optional) Tullgren funnel materials: garden sieve, paper towels, bowel, lamp

Subjects


  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Animals
      • Classification
      • Biodiversity
  • Mathematics
    • Data Analysis and Probability
      • Data Collection
      • Data Representation

Informal Categories


  • Animals
  • Collecting
  • Nature and Environment
  • Outdoor Activity

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • be mobile
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Other


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Access Rights:

  • Free access

By:

  • Gresty, Karen; Smithers, Peter; Ebdon, Leslie; Jay, Chantelle; Jacolly Puppet Theatre

Rights:

  • All Rights Reserved, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council,

Funding Source:

  • Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council

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