Reflection: Discourse and Questioning Bud Buddies- Compare and Contrast Isopods- The Name Game - Section 3: Small Group Instruction


Isopods are very interesting animals to study close up.  They are the type of insect that becomes more fascinating the closer you look.  Essentially, they are like tiny tanks.  Or knight with suits of armor.  Or anything else that’s hard and bendy.  One of the things that I enjoy most about teaching this unit is that isopods provide an ideal and harmless, because, really, if a pill bug crawls on you, what’s it going to do except tickle? This is an opportunity to illustrate a variety of functional phenomena like same size legs, overlapping shell, curling into a ball, moving quickly, etc.  Additionally, exploring isopods like pill and sow bugs is a great way to introduce isopods in different environments like the ocean.  They are a phenomenal entry point to impressive discussions, allowing students to observe closely and find new things to question.  So when they ask of the pill bug can crawl on them, I tell them to go for it.  The more that we can encourage our students to utilize the animals that exist around them as learning opportunities, the better we can spark their interest to learn more.  Ultimately, that’s what it’s all about.

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Bud Buddies- Compare and Contrast Isopods- The Name Game

Unit 4: Bug Buddies
Lesson 2 of 3

Objective: Students will use a Venn diagram to record the similarities and differences between isopods.

Big Idea: What do the features of isopods tell us about their environment?

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Science, Science Skills, compare-and-contrast, Venn diagram, compare and contrast, Isopods, bug
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