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Animals: Mealworms

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 and on mealworms for grades K-2.


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Learn about the larval stage of a beetle as it grows and changes from a mealworm; includes materials needed and instructions.
This page has a good overview of mealworms and an illustration of both the mealworm and the beetle. Find out the impact these animals have on the ecosystem and why they stand on their head. There is also instructions for making a mealworm container for experiments.
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.
This site for kids describes mealworms and includes a diagram of their life cycle. Includes information on predators Click on the links at the bottom for a quiz and other printouts on mealworms. NOTE: This site includes Google ads.
Students can observe and compare mealworms and earthworms with this science lesson activity.
This video chronicles the change from mealworm to pupa. (Total running time: 6:45) NOTE: This site includes ads. NOTE: This site includes a discussion board (message board, forum, etc.).
Watch as a mealworm goes from pupa to beetle. (Total running time: 7:48) NOTE: This site includes ads. NOTE: This site includes a discussion board (message board, forum, etc.).
These sites focus on the stages animals go through as they mature. Learn how insects, fish, amphibians, birds, mammals, and humans develop. See videos of animals when they are developing embryos. Watch a chicken hatch from its egg. There are many diagrams that visually represent the life cycle.
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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