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Insectaganza Gets APW Students ‘Buggy’ About Science

Second grade students at Altmar-Parish-Williamstown Elementary School are absolutely ‘buggy’ about science.

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Entomologists and Altmar-Parish-Williamstown second graders Makayla King, middle, and Peyton Flanagan, right, empty net full of insects that they captured during an “Insectaganza” program at their school. Linda Brosch from Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County, also pictured, coordinated the insect program to give the students an opportunity to experience science and study nature in its own environment.

Second grade classes at APW and across New York State have been busy learning all about insects through the new Common Core Learning Standards.

APW students discovered that there are many different types of insects; could identify and describe the three main body parts of insects: the head, thorax, and abdomen; and also learned about such things as exoskeletons, metamorphosis, and molting.

In conjunction with the students’ classroom learning about insects, the school’s second grade teaching team partnered with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County for an “Insectaganza” program.

Linda Brosch, a 4-H Team Coordinator with Cornell Cooperative Extension shows students in Roy Trumble’s second grade class at Altmar-Parish-Williamstown Elementary School a swallowtail butterfly. An “Insectaganza” program at the school gave second graders an opportunity to catch and study insects in their own habitat. A swallowtail butterfly was one of the many insects that the students netted during their day as entomologists, or insect scientists.
Linda Brosch, a 4-H Team Coordinator with Cornell Cooperative Extension shows students in Roy Trumble’s second grade class at Altmar-Parish-Williamstown Elementary School a swallowtail butterfly. An “Insectaganza” program at the school gave second graders an opportunity to catch and study insects in their own habitat. A swallowtail butterfly was one of the many insects that the students netted during their day as entomologists, or insect scientists.

The program took students out of their classrooms and gave them an opportunity to be entomologists or insect scientists for the day.

This cooperative learning opportunity provided a real-life perspective to science, allowing students to catch and study such insects such as grasshoppers, butterflies, moths, ants and beetles in their own habitat.