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					 Bugscope: Pill Bug

Bridget Keldermans
EDUC 140
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:
  As a result of activities in grades K-4, all students
  should develop understanding of
 The characteristics of organisms: Organisms have
  basic needs.
 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
  learning process.
   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.

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