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Caring for Mealworms
Since some investigations need “hungry ” mealworms, have a separate container that has no food source available.
Mealworms need to be kept in a warm, but not hot, area. Do not place their container in direct sunlight. Mealworms move slowly when the temperature is below 58º F. They will mature at a faster rate if they are kept in a warm area at 75-85 ºF.
See “Building a Mealworm Habitat,” for more details.
To be effective, this set of activities needs to be conducted over a time period of several days. The following is a suggested time schedule:
An assortment of adults, larvae and pupae can be purchased from Carolina Science and Math for $9.00.Paper catalog #BA-14-4264, online catalog #WW-14-4264.
Earthworms, or night crawlers, can be purchased cheaply and easily at your local fishing tackle shop. They are sold by the dozen. They can also be purchased from Carolina Science and Math.
The Honey Files, A Bee 's Life, A Teaching Guide and video. Available from
the National Honey Board, 390 Lashley Street, Longmont, CO, 80501-6045,or
Honey Bee Study Prints, twelve over-sized pictures of the life cycle of honeybees. Available from Dadant &Sons, 2765 S. Golden State Blvd., P.O. Box 2837,Fresno, CA, 93745,or toll free:(877) 432-3268. $24.50 plus shipping/handling and tax.
Utah Agriculture in the Classroom. Visit their website for great lessons on insects and creating insect habitats in the classroom (http://www.agclassroom.org/ut).
Background For Teachers:
Every organism responds to its environment, which is the surroundings in which the organism lives. Some behaviors (the way in which an organism acts) are "built-in " because they are inherited from the parent organism. These behaviors are called inherited or instinctual. Other behaviors are not inherited, but can be learned.
Intended Learning Outcomes:
Invitation to Learn:
Black and white surface stimulus
Light and touch stimulus
Comparing Mealworm Life Cycle Stages
Training a mealworm
This lesson is part of the Fifth Grade Science Teacher Resource Book (TRB3) http://www.usoe.org/curr/science/core/5th/TRB5/. The TRB3 is designed to be your textbook in teaching science curriculum to your students. This book covers all the objectives of each standard and benchmark. If taught efficiently, a student should do well on the End-of-Level (CRT) tests. The TRB3 is designed for teachers who know very little about science, as well as for teachers who have a broad understanding of science.
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