Other Invertebrates (Primarily Terrestrial)

Many homeschoolers and quite a few elementary school teachers feel unprepared to teach science.  I believe that this is in large part because they have no idea where to obtain the materials necessary to teach labs.  I have dealt with two very large companies, who although their primary purpose is to supply schools, will sell to individuals.  However, neither one will sell either chemicals or live bacteria and viruses.  These two are:  Ward Science Supplies and Carolina Biological.  Don't be fooled by the name.  Both sell materials to teach:  biology, geology, meteorology, astronomy, chemistry, and physics from kindergarten through graduate school.  A third company, Home Science Tools, sells primarily to homeschoolers.  They will provide chemicals in the very small quantities that a homeschooler would wish.



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More About Wildlife

1. Annelida - Earthworms:

Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin (My niece and nephew think this book is hilarious, especially when Dad Worm eats the newspaper rather than reading it!)

Earthworms by Kevin J. Holmes

Earthworms by Claire Llewellyn

Earthworms by Sue Barraclough

Wiggling Worms at Work by Wendy Pfeffer

Earthworms are safe to handle and easy to find. Look for them on pavement after it has rained or cover your flashlight with red cellophane and look in the grass at night.

2. Nematodes (Roundworms), Platyhelminthes (Flatworms, and Annelida (Segmented worms such earthworms and leeches):

It Could Still Be A Worm by Allan Fowler

3. Millipedes and centipedes (Subgroups of Arthropoda):

Millipedes by Donna Schaffer

Centipedes and Millipedes by Theresa Greenaway

Centipede by Karen D. Povey

Centipede by Karen Hartley

Centipedes by Graham Coleman

Centipedes by Margaret Hall

Centipedes by Nancy Dickman

Did you know you can purchase millipedes and centipedes as plastomounts which will last forever and can be safely handled?

4. Insects (Subgroup of Arthropoda):

Many small children are terrified of insects. Even those who have never been stung are frightened of bees and unfortunately most small children can not tell the difference between a bee and a fly. I make it a point to familiarize my nieces and nephews with insects so that they will stop screaming every time they spot one! I should caution you about the word "BUG". Most people incorrectly use this term for all insects and even include spiders. Bugs are a subset of insects, that is, only certain insects are true bugs. By the way all insects have 6 legs and three body parts, a head, thorax, and abdomen. Spiders with 8 legs and 2 body parts, are not insects.

On Beyond Bugs: All About Insects by Tish Rabe

Joyful Noise: Poems (about insects) for Two Voices by Paul Fleischman

Insects (Coloring Book) by Jan Sovak

A fly went by Mike McClintock

Diary of a fly by Doreen Cronin

Flo, the lyin' fly by Max Lucado

The Very Lonely Firefly by Eric Carle

Fireflies in the Night by Judy Hawes

Dragonflies and Damselflies by Elaine Pascoe

Dragonflies by Cheryl Coughlan

Are you a Dragonfly? by Judy Allen

Eliza and the Dragonfly by Susie Caldwell Rinehart

Pillbugs by Donna Schaffer (Pillbugs are isopods)

The Beetle Alphabet Book by Jerry Pallotta

Beetles by Enid Fisher

Beetles by Peter Murray

Beetles by Claire Llewellyn

The Very Clumsy Click Beetle by Eric Carle

Goliath Beetle: One of the World's Heaviest Insects by Mary Packard

The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle

Are you a ladybug? by Judy Allen

The Ladybug by Sabrina Crewe

Milkweed bugs by Donna Schaffer

Are you an ant? by Judy Allen

Ant by Karen Hartley

Ants by Deborah Hodge

The Secret World of Ants by Theresa Greenaway

Ant Cities by Arthur Dorros

Grasshopper by Ting Morris

Grasshoppers by Mary Ann McDonald

Are you a grasshopper? by Judy Allen

A Pocketful of Cricket by Rebecca Caudill

The Very Quiet Cricket by Eric Carle

Chirping Crickets by Melvin Berger

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Hermie, the Common Caterpillar by Max Lucado

Angelina and the Butterfly by Katharine Holabird

Are you a butterfly? by Judy Allen

From Caterpillar to Butterfly by Deborah Heiligman

From Caterpillar to Butterfly (Life Cycles) by Gerald Legg

Butterflies in the Garden by Carol Lerner

Butterfly and the Bog Monster by Joanna Cole (Magic School Bus) - camouflage

Butterfly Battle, A Magic School Bus Chapter Book by Nancy While

Monarch Butterfly by Gail Gibbons

Hurry and the Monarch by Antoine O. Flatharta (A tale of Monarch Migration)

Queen Alexandra's Birdwind: The World's Largest Butterfly by John Stidworthy

Silkworms by Donna Schaeffer

Painted lady butterflies by Donna Schaeffer

Mealworms by Donna Schaeffer

Buzby, the Misbehaving Bee by Max Lucado

Are you a bee? by Judy Allen

Inside a Beehive by Joanna Cole (Magic School Bus)

Life and times of the honeybee by Charles Micucci

The Bumblebee Queen by April Pulley Sayre

I didn't know that some bugs glow in the dark by Claire Llewellyn

What's inside? INSECTS by Angela Royston (DK Publishers)

What's the Difference? Insects by Stephen Savage

I can read about Insects by Deborah Merrians

Peterson First Guide to Insects of North America

100 things you should know about Insects and Spiders by Steve Parker

Golden Photo Guide: Insects by Theresa Greenaway

Golden Guide: Insects by Herbert S. Zim and Clarence Cottam


Caution to those teaching in the public schools: Max Lucado books always mention God and the Bible.

Did you know that insects have multi-faceted eyes and, therefore, see multiple images of their prey? A child can experience this type of vision with a set of I-glasses (child-sized eye goggles). You are probably familiar with hummingbird feeders, but did you know that similar feeders are available for butterflies. Also planting certain types of flowers, such as the milkweed known as butterfly weed, will attract butterflies to your garden. Small plastic models of the various stages in the life cycle of the painted lady butterfly are available, as well as posters about butterfly life cycles. You might even consider raising butterflies in a special habitat (as necessary materials supplied). It is also possible to buy ladybug food and a chemical which will attract them to your garden. Not only are plastomounts of various insects available, but also extremely large, inflatable insect models can be purchased (bee, ladybug, ant, grasshopper, dragonfly). These models help to emphasize that all insects have 6 legs and 3 body parts. Some insects have no wings; some have one pair of wings; and some have two pairs of wings. There are Eyewitness Videos/DVD's about Butterflies and Moths as well as Insects in General.

5. Arachnida Spiders and Scorpions (Subgroup of Arthropoda): All spiders have 8 legs and 2 body parts.

Webster, the Scaredy Spider by Max Lucado

The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle

Diary of a Spider by Doreen Cronin

Are you a spider? by Judy Allen

I can read about Spiders by Deborah Merrians

The Spider and the Fly by Tony DiTerlizzi

Spiders by Gail Gibbons

Spiders by Theresa Greenaway

Spiders and Their Web Sites by Margery Facklam

Spinning Spiders by Melvin Berger

Spiders Are Not Insects by Allan Fowler

Uncover a Tarantula by David George Gordon

The Real Thing: Scorpions by Mary Packard

Scorpions by Adele D. Richardson

Scorpions by Janet Halfmann

Scorpions by Peter Murray

Scorpions by William John Ripple


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