"Head and thorax, abdomen, abdomen.
Head and thorax, abdomen, abdomen.
Six legs, two antennae, and sometimes wings.
Head, and thorax, abdomen, abdomen."
(Sung to the tune of "Head and Shoulders, Knees, and Toes")
That's the song the Wisconsin Explorers book used to teach proper insect recognition, so that is the song the kids sang, at the top of their lungs, as they wandered the backyard in search of "bugs" to capture and examine during last Thursday's weekly science activity.
They managed to catch the two insects most common to our yard: mosquitoes and ants.
We examined the insects and identified their various parts and then filled in the workbook pages.
When we were done we squashed the mosquito and returned the ant to the tree we found it on. Just doing our little part toward survival of the fittest!
Happy science, everyone.