Friday, January 25, 2019

Zoology I, Week 3: Termite, Ant, Wasp, Honeybee

Here are some notes from our third week of Zoology I, where we focused on the Social Insects!

Monday, January 21

Tuesday, January 22

Thursday, January 24

  • suggest The Wonder World of Ants by Wilfrid S. Bronson as a chapter book resource; read chapter 21, "The Lion Hunt," pages 187-194 from The Burgess Book of Nature Lore by Thornton W. Burgess
  • look at pictures of antlion larva sand pit trap and adult antlion
  • complete termite art project for MLB (torn construction paper collage), review illustrations in insectlopedia and Animal Architects
  • read The Ant and the Grasshopper by Amy Lowry Poole
  • complete ant art project for MLB (negative space chalk on brown paper); review Leah's MLB illustration, Poole's book, insectlopedia and Animal Architects
  • review the three parts of the insect (head, thorax, abdomen)
  • add The Termite and The Ant to MLB
  • read "Wasp: Environment and Temperament," pages 50-52 of Klocek, look at illustrations, look at and touch paper wasp nest
  • review the life cycle of the insect (egg, larva, pupa, adult)
  • read wasp information from Zombie Makers: True Stories of Nature's Undead by Rebecca L. Johnson

      "Control Freaks," page 26
      Zombie Maker: The Parasitoid Wasp, Glyptapanteles spp.
      Zombie Victim: Moth Caterpillars, Thyrinteina leucocerae
      North and South America

      "Can We Eat the Babysitter?," page 22
      Zombie Maker: The Jewel Wasp, Ampulex compressa
      Zombie Victim: Cockroaches, Periplaneta americana
      tropical parts of Africa, South Asia, and the Pacific Islands

Friday, January 25


  • finish up termite and ant miscellany: read "The Anteater" (page 10) and "The Ants" (page 20) poems from Douglas Florian's Beast Feast, read Baby Ants Have a Host of Unexpected Superpowers article
  • perform "The Digger Wasp" from Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices by Paul Fleischman, page 23
  • read chapter 14, "Sue Tries Detecting," pages 125-134 from The Burgess Book of Nature Lore by Thornton W. Burgess, recommend additional chapters for further reading on wasps and bees

      chapter 15, "The Fairy Bottles," page 135

      chapter 23, "The Paper Makers," page 205

      chapter 10, "The Little Bee Box," page 89

      chapter 11, "Sammy Loses the Line," page 97

  • review termites and ants, review solitary and social wasps, review solitary and social bees (leafcutter bee, carpenter bee, bumblebee, honeybee), study the word < colony > in SWI
  • honeybee presentation from special guest Mark Fletter, beekeeper from Dayempur Farm


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