Bugscope: Pill Bug
Bugscope Across the Curriculum
The Pill Bug, an arthropod
The pill bug, also called the wood louse
or the roly-poly bug, is a small,
segmented land creature that can roll into
a tiny ball for protection.
The pill bug is not an insect, but is an
isopod, which is another type of
Before: Drawing of Pill Bug
This picture was drawn from memory. I thought
a pill bug was an insect with six legs, however
after looking at the bug under a microscope and
after researching it, I discovered that the pill bug
was not as I had recalled.
After: Drawing of Bottom
Half of Pill Bug
After viewing a pill bug through a microscope I paid
closer attention to detail. Although this is only the
underside of the bug, the part that is shown shows
the legs’ curves and the underside lines.
NSES Standard that
Bugscope Applies to:
CONTENT STANDARD C:
As a result of activities in grades K-4, all students
should develop understanding of
The characteristics of organisms: Organisms have
Life cycles of organisms: Plants and animals have life
cycles that include being born, developing into adults,
reproducing, and eventually dying.
Organisms and environments: All organisms cause
changes in the environment where they live.
*Bugs are organisms that all students should
• Using a microscope allows students to
get a closer view of a bug. When using
the microscope students are more likely
to understand what the bug’s body looks
like. They will also be able to see the
difference between the bug’s head,
thorax, and abdomen.
• ESEM on Bugscope allows students to
see a live bug chat and images of bugs
so that they are more involved in the
Other Connections to
In general, the bugscope project could be connected to
learning the etymology of bugs. First students could
study the bugs’ details and then they could view a live
bug chat and images to gain a greater understanding.
Secondly, the students could be put in charge of taking
care of different kinds of bugs. After learning what they
eat, what sort of climate they should live in and other
particulars about the bug. They would feed them and
observe their growth and behaviors.