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Animals: Mealworms for K-2 Grades

These sites are about mealworms. There are mealworm facts, pictures, and fun activities. Learn how to take care of them in the classroom and observe their behavior through all four stages of their life cycle. Included are two related eThemes resources.


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This site has an activity in which students observe a mealworm's habitat. There is also a script that you can use for acting out a play with mealworms.
On this page, three scientists answer kids' questions about mealworms and beetles.
Here is a short description of a mealworm and a diagram of its life cycle. There are links to more prinouts and a mealworm quiz. NOTE: This site includes Google ads.
Science for Kids interviews entomologist (a scientist who studies insects) Dr. Bill White about what it's like to eat roasted mealworms and other interesting bugs. Explore the links at the bottom for more information about edible insects.
Here is information on how to care for live mealworms at home or in the classroom.
From this page, teachers can download PowerPoint templates for introducing students to mealworms and caterpillars.
This page has just the facts about mealworms.
This page shows the four stages of the mealworm's life cycle, including pictures of each stage.
These sites focus on animal life cycles for K-2 grade students. Learn about different stages of animal life cycles and see similarities and differences among animals. Diagrams, printouts, pictures, and lesson plans are included. There is a link to eThemes Resource on Animals: Life Cycles.
Learn how mealworms change into darkling beetles. Includes several instructions for conducting science experiments involving mealworms. Some of the experiments have a technology component, such as using spreadsheets and digital cameras to record the metamorphosis of these insects. There are also suggestions for caring for mealworms in the classroom. Includes an eThemes resource on life cycles.

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