PokéBugs: An Introduction to Insects, Arachnids, and Venn Diagrams with Pokémon

PokéBugs: An Introduction to Insects, Arachnids, and Venn Diagrams with Pokémon
PokéBugs: An Introduction to Insects, Arachnids, and Venn Diagrams with Pokémon
PokéBugs: An Introduction to Insects, Arachnids, and Venn Diagrams with Pokémon
PokéBugs: An Introduction to Insects, Arachnids, and Venn Diagrams with Pokémon
PokéBugs: An Introduction to Insects, Arachnids, and Venn Diagrams with Pokémon
PokéBugs: An Introduction to Insects, Arachnids, and Venn Diagrams with Pokémon
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Learn amazing facts about many Arthropods ("bugs") by comparing and contrasting their Pokemon counterparts! Students will also learn how to construct and use Venn Diagrams.

▬▬▬▬▬▬ MODULE SUMMARY ▬▬▬▬▬▬

This module consists of four Prezi (slide show) presentations which each take 45-60 minutes to complete in class. It also includes a "Make Your Own Pokemon" project, which can be assigned for homework, or done as a class project (adding 4-6 more hours of class learning to the unit). Some other extension ideas are also listed, if you want to reinforce your students' learning even more.

Need a break from teaching? Use the included recordings of me giving the presentation for you! (The "Instructions" file includes a link to the videos, hosted by Google Drive, which you can download from there.) Want to do it yourself? All notes are included so you can present the material however you want.

In each class, we study a group of "bugs" that have some striking similarities to Pokémon characters. Students will practice comparing and contrasting creatures from the Arthopod phylum when reading/listening to descriptions about them, viewing pictures side-by-side, and watching video clips of insect behavior and life cycles. We also learn how to create and use a Venn Diagram as a comparison tool.

▬▬▬▬▬▬ LEARNING OBJECTIVES ▬▬▬▬▬▬

By the end of the course, students should be able to:

  • Understand the the basics of biological classification systems and taxonomy, particularly Phylum Arthropoda.
  • Compare and contrast two similar creatures using a Venn Diagram.
  • Explain the behaviors and life cycles of several different insects and arachnids.
  • Describe the defining characteristics of insects, arachnids, and myriapods.
  • Explain why spiders, scorpions, centipedes, millipedes, and ticks are not technically insects - and how they are related to insects.
  • Describe the similarities and differences of their favorite "bug" Pokemon when compared with the real deal.

▬▬▬▬▬▬ OUTLINE ▬▬▬▬▬▬

Class 1:

  • Introduction to taxonomy
  • Basic characteristics of the phylum Arthropoda
  • Defining characteristics of the Class Insecta
  • The insect orders not included as Pokemon
  • Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths)

Class 2:

  • Odonata (dragonflies and damselflies)
  • Neuroptera (net-winged insects)
  • Diptera (flies and mosquitos)
  • Hymenoptera (ants, bees, and wasps)

Class 3:

  • Hemiptera (true bugs)
  • Orthoptera (crickets and grasshoppers)
  • Mantodea (praying mantises)
  • Phasmatodea (stick insects)
  • Blattodea (cockroaches)
  • Coleoptera (beetles)

Class 4:

  • The defining characteristics of the Class Arachnida
  • The different types of Arachnids (ticks, scorpions, spiders, harvestmen)
  • Characteristics of Myriapods
  • The differences and similarities of millipedes and centipedes
  • Introduction to the Three Circle Venn Diagram
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