Although they are only pint-sized, insects and other invertebrates include some of the most diverse and important groups of animals on the planet. Insects provide essential ecosystem services such as pollination and nutrient recycling, and are crucial to our own survival. This activity explores the physical and behavioural features of invertebrates, and investigates the ecosystem services (and disservices) that they provide. Students will use stereo microscopes to observe beneficial and pest insects, and then take part in a role-playing game exploring how insects recycle nutrients in the environment.
This activity aligns with and extends concepts and content within the K-6 Science and Technology syllabus and the 7-10 Science syllabus. The science focus is on working scientifically and aligns with the Living World strand in both Years K-6 and 7-10. Students in Years K-6 will also use their imaginations in dramatic play (Creative Arts – Drama).