BioSleuths @ Belle Valley – Thursday: Grasshopper External Dissection
Today, our young anatomy investigators set their sights on grasshoppers! Students mainly focused on the grasshopper’s appendages and other features that were easily visible, observing how the structure of each part might enable it to function most efficiently. Our biosleuths even got the chance to identify some correct or incorrect features on famous cartoon insects like Jiminy Cricket!
Students will continue their grasshopper dissections tomorrow by exploring the internal features of the same insects they worked on today.
Ask your student:
What are the three body segments of the grasshopper called? (head, thorax, and abdomen)
Why are the grasshopper’s back legs different from its front legs? (they need to be bigger for jumping)