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S: Insect Reports

FC: Insect Reports Researched and Written by Mrs. Meier's Second Graders

1: Insect Reports Researched and Written by Mrs. Meier's Second Graders Spring 2010

2: Ants by Alecxa Ants are amazing insects to study and investigate. Ants live everywhere but they don’t live in cold places. They live 10 to 15 years. Ants build hills and all ants together to make a colony. Ants like many sweet things. Ants can be many colors, but most are black and brown. Ants have hard bodies, but when you step on them it doesn’t look like they have hard bodies. Ants build nests to hold the queen’s eggs. Ants have strong jaws to carry their food. Ants can eat other insects. Ants can be strong, but not as strong as us. If you see an ant with wings it is a queen. After the queen lays the eggs the ants lick them to keep them clean. Ants build nests so they can stay safe and warm. I learned many exciting facts about ants.

3: Mealworms by Isaiah Mealworms are awesome insects to research. Mealworm larvae turned into a pupa in a week or so. Larvae have no lungs because they have little holes on its sides. Adult mealworms often live near food sources like corn. I leaned many new facts about mealworms.

4: Ants by Devon Ants are amazing insects to investigate. They live everywhere. They have lived here for millions of years. Long ago they were found in tropical areas. Some wasps look like ants. The queen ant loses her wings. They carry their prey into the hole. They sleep in rooms called chambers. They build hills around the entrances. I learned new information about ants.

5: Ants By Ximena Ants are fantastic insects to investigate. Ants have a hard body. They are many different colors. The queen lays thousands of eggs. The queen dies and then there is a new queen. The queen ant can live ten to fifteen years. All ants are strong. The ants are strong. The ants build hills. They live under the ant hill. There are rooms called chambers. I learned many magnificent facts about ants.

6: Milkweed Bugs By Sergio Milkweed bugs are fascinating insects to study and investigate. When milkweed bugs are nymphs, they look like adults. Birds eat milkweed bugs. Nymph milkweed bugs go through simple metamorphosis. I learned many amazing facts about milkweed bugs.

7: Cockroaches By Ana Cockroaches are amazing insects to investigate. Cockroaches live in tropical rainforests. Cockroaches have a hard shell to cover their bodies. Lizards, frogs, and birds eat cockroaches. Some cockroaches have wings. Cockroaches are really fast. Their bodies are so flat they can go under doors. They lay about 24 eggs. Cockroaches blend in with the bark and plants. Some eat people food and some eat dead plants. Cockroaches can live in buildings, houses and outside. They have hairy legs. They don’t like light. They like to live in warm places. Cockroaches can live up to two years. I learned many fabulous facts about cockroaches.

8: Cockroaches by David F. Cockroaches are amazing insects to study. They live for two or three years. Cockroaches live in warm places. They lay up to 64 eggs. They are as long as an adult’s finger. Cockroaches eat dead plants and animals. They move really fast. They are important to plants because they eat insects. Lizards and frogs eat them. They hiss when they are scared. They have long antennae to feel. I learned many new facts about cockroaches.

9: Milkweed Bugs by Maria Milkweed bugs are amazing insects to investigate. Small milkweed bugs are inches and the large milkweed bugs are 7/8 inches long. The milkweed bugs life cycle has three stages and those are egg, nymph, and adult. Milkweed bugs drink water from plants. Birds eat milkweed bugs for dinner. Milkweed bugs don’t like cold weather. Milkweed bugs shed their exoskeletons five times. Milkweed bugs grow older and change colors. They are red and orange. Adults eat plants during warm weather. In cold weather they live in the plants. Adults fly south during fall and winter. I learned many exciting facts about milkweed bugs.

10: Ants by Jonathan Ants are fantastic insects to research. They eat sweet things. Spiders eat ants. The worker ants are very busy. They live for a few months. Some ants build big hills. Queen ants live for 15 to 20 years. They have big wings. Ants are many different colors. They like the queen’s eggs. They live in big nests. Ants are very, very strong. Studying ants was exciting.

11: Cockroaches by Zachary Cockroaches are a great insect to study. They feed themselves. They have long legs. They get into bags of dog food and eat it because they like it. They can go in your shelves. They are nocturnal. Some are helpful and some are nasty pests. They live in warm places. They might molt eight times. Some are about 3 inches long. Learning about cockroaches was fun.

12: Mealworms By Patience Mealworms are amazing insects to investigate. The eggs are small and white. A newborn larva is hard to see. Yellow mealworms are called golden grubs. Larvae hide when they are molting. Larvae can live without water for many days. Darkling beetles are only active at night. Adult beetles lay up to 275 eggs. They live near food so they can eat. They can stay in the larva stage for 30 to 90 days. Three part jaws help break the food apart. There are a lot of things they can do.Studying mealworms was magnificent.

13: Ladybugs by Diana Ladybugs are fantastic insects to investigate. Ladybugs live in parks or gardens. They live in gardens so they can protect the beautiful flowers. They lay their eggs on a leaf so they can eat lots of aphids and grow into ladybugs. In a few days, the larva will turn white. After they turn white, they are black. Ladybugs often die in the winter. I learned fun facts about ladybugs.

14: Ladybugs by Liz Ladybugs are fantastic insects to investigate. Ladybugs lay sticky yellow eggs on the underside of leaves. When the larva gets out they eat the egg shell. They hide their transparent wings under the hard wings. They fold the wings. The ladybugs eat aphids with their strong sharp jaws. The ladybugs hibernate in the winter and huddle together. When the babies are born they crawl quickly. Ladybugs are alive for three months. They die in the winter every year. Ladybugs are different colors with seven spots. They shed their skins. Ladybugs live in flowers and gardens. They have a bad smelling liquid. Researching ladybugs was fabulous.

15: Cockroaches by David M. Cockroaches are awesome to work with and research. Cockroaches molt into new skin. Cockroaches have hard shells that cover their bodies. Cockroaches often live in bakeries. Cockroaches can eat people’s food. Learning about cockroaches was fun. I learned many facts.

16: Mealworms by Annabel Mealworms are fantastic insects to research. Their eggs are small and white. Newborn larvae are hard to see. Larvae are called gold grubs. Larvae are shiny and yellow. A mealworm has a protective shell. Mealworms live up to five to ten days. The first part of the mealworm’s meal is some grain that has been growing for a long time. They can live without water for many days. Darkling beetles are only active at night time. I learned a lot of new information about mealworms.

17: Ladybugs by Tom Ladybugs are fascinating insects to study. Ladybugs can lay 1,000 eggs. They look different because their colors are different. They live in a hole so they can be safe. They do not hear because they do not have ears. They can feel with their legs. They can eat 30 eggs in one day. They can hang upside down. When they open their wings you can see the transparent wings. They are different colors and usually have seven spots. They hibernate during the winter. They lay sticky eggs. When they fly their hard wings open. They have soft wings. I learned a lot of exciting facts about ladybugs.-

18: Cockroaches by McKenna Cockroaches are amazing insects to investigate. The cockroach eats dead plants and animals. They have long antennae. Cockroaches hiss a lot. They have six hairy legs. Most like hot weather. Some crawl into houses because they are warm. They are attracted to salt. When the light is on they hide to protect themselves. They have a wax coat. They eat people food. They run fast. Cockroaches live around the world. Lizards eat cockroaches. They like to hide in dark places. They have flat bodies. I learned a lot of information about cockroaches.

19: Milkweed Bugs by Brayan Milkweed bugs are awesome insects to research. Milkweed bugs shed their skin five times. They shed their exoskeleton. The birds eat the milkweed bugs. The milkweed bug’s life cycle is incomplete. They do not like the cold weather , they like hot weather. Milkweed bugs eat milkweed plants. They like to drink water. Milkweed bugs are about inch. They always grow larger and larger. I learned many new facts about milkweed bugs.

20: Mealworms by Fernando Mealworms are fascinating to investigate. Mealworm larvas have shiny exoskeletons. Mealworms can live without water for many days. After the larva hatches, it can molt the exoskeleton. They molt each time their skin gets tight and hard. I learned many fabulous facts about mealworms.

21: Ladybugs by Zowie Ladybugs are amazing insects to investigate. When ladybugs hatch they eat the egg shell. Ladybugs are born on the underside of leaves. Ladybugs live two to three months. Ladybugs die in the winter. The ladybug has two names we usually call it the ladybug, but its real name is Ladybird Beetle. Ladybugs have transparent wings. Transparent wings are see through wings. Did you know ladybugs are insects? When the ladybugs are adults they can eat up to 50 aphids a day. Ladybugs hibernate during the winter. Every ladybug has sharp jaws except larva. When a ladybug lays eggs they look yellow and gooey. Do you know how eggs are made? Well in the spring the female finds a male and they mate and that’s how it’s done. A ladybug can be yellow with orange spots. Ladybugs live in trees, gardens and parks. Studying about ladybugs was magnificent.

22: Cockroaches by Tony Cockroaches are fantastic insects to study and research. Cockroaches die in winter. They molt into a new skin. That is called molting. I learned many amazing facts about cockroaches.

23: Ants by Lorenzo Ants are great to work with. Their jaws eat other insects. Tunnels run through their nests. Ants are very strong and busy insects. Ants spin cocoons around themselves. Their antennas touch and smell the queen. Male ants live a few months. Queen ants live for 10-15 years. Worker ants live five years. I learned many amazing facts about ants.

24: Milkweed Bugs by John Milkweed bug insects are awesome to study. Milkweed bugs live in southern and northern areas. They are decreasing, that means that milkweed bug are dying because the flower plants they eat are dying. Their life begins as a red and oval egg. I learned many new facts about Milkweed Bugs.

25: Ladybugs by Yamileth Ladybugs are fantastic insects to learn about. Ladybugs eat 50 aphids a day. They lay sticky yellow eggs on leaves. Ladybugs have feelers on their head. When a human holds a ladybug it leaves a sticky orange liquid that smells bad. Ladybugs have seven spots. Adult ladybugs have strong jaws. Ladybugs eat garden pests. Some ladybugs are different colors. Some are red and black. They can also be orange and red. They have black spots. They have transparent wings. Ladybugs hibernate in the winter. Studying ladybugs was fun.

26: Standards Selects and reads a variety of text *Reads a variety of genre including fiction, non-fiction and poetry Uses writing process effectively for a variety of purposes and audiences *Uses graphic organizers *Produces personal narrative, friendly letter and report Uses information from a variety of sources * Selects topic and identifies sources of information with teacher support *Conducts simple search *Organizes information with graphic organizer Life Science *Describes the habitat needs, structures, behavior, and life cycles of common insects Science as a particular way of knowing *Distinguishes between fiction and non-fiction science books From: http://www.adams12.org/files/curriculum/report_card_curriculum.pdf | Bibliography Green, Emily. Cockroaches, 2007. Hartley, Karen, Cockroach, 1999. Green, Emily. Ants, 2007. Hartley, Karen. Ant, 1998. Hartley, Karen. Ladybug, 1998. Thomson, Ruth. Ladybug, 2009. Schaffer, Donna. Milkweed Bugs, 1999. Schaffer, Donna. Mealworms, 1999.

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