Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Working like Scientists

Today in science we were learning how to work like scientists.  After reading Scientists Ask Questions by Ginger Garrett. We used scientific tools (microscopes) to observe butterfly and a wasp specimens that we collected last week. We drew diagrams and took notes.  Here are some of the things we have observed so far:

* Wasps have something on their body that looks like hair.
* Butterflies have swirly tongues.
* The wasps stinger looks like the end of a sharpened pencil.
* Butterfly wings have something on them that look like feathers.
* Our butterfly had brown spots on its eyes.

While some scientists in our class observed insects with microscopes others researched insects using the PebbleGo website.  Here are some of the interesting things they learned while thinking and reading about insects:

* Some wasps don't have wings.
* Some wasps have four wings.
* Adult termites have 2 pairs of wings.
* Termites can grow up to 1 inch (2.5 cm) long.
* Stickbugs start from little nymphs.
* A honeybee hive may hold up to 60,000 bees!

We are finding insects are VERY interesting.  We would love it if you shared a fact you know about insects with us.

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