Teaching objectives, national and state content standards, general
print resources and interdisciplinary classroom activities for the
series as a whole.
People of all ages, from children to grandparents, participate
in a butterfly count to provide population data about a variety
Students are introduced to a variety of butterflies, their basic
needs, and how a yearly survey is used to help them survive successfully.
Length: 7:40 Grade level: 4-7
Learn how several species of house spiders have adapted to living
with humans, and find out what strategies these house spiders use
to ensure survival.
Students are introduced to house spiders. Arachnids have many adaptations
that help them survive in a variety of habitats.
Length: 10:02 Grade level: 4-7
Investigate the social structure of the honeybee colony and learn
how to avoid getting stung. Also, find out why some farmers are
hiring honeybees to pollinate their orchards.
Students are introduced to bees. The insects produce honey and
pollinate crops. A beekeeper explains how to tend a hive.
Length: 7:43 Grade level: 4-7
Follow some dragonfly enthusiasts as they head outdoors to study
the life cycle and behavior of this ancient insect.
Students are introduced to dragonflies, their life cycle and their
role in the food chain.
Length: 12:29 Grade level: 4-7
Find out how worms are being used as composters for everything
from old supermarket produce to cow manure to school cafeteria food
Students are introduced to red wigglers. These worms convert decomposing
produce into plant fertilizer.
Length: 9:46 Grade level: 4-7
Get a close-up look at yellow jackets and their behavior, and find
out why pharmaceutical companies need yellow jacket venom.
Students are introduced to yellow jackets. These insects build
nests using wood pulp. They ingest huge quantities of flies and
other pests. In addition, yellow jackets can be collected to create
vaccines for people highly allergic to their stings.
Length: 7:44 Grade level: 4-7
SHRIMP IN VERNAL POOLS
Discover the diversity of native plant and animal life, including
the federally protected fairy shrimp, present in vernal (seasonal)
pools, and learn how the geology of an area contributes to the formation
of these pools.
Students are introduced to vernal pools. These seasonal pools contain
plants and animals from winter through spring, and then dry up in
summer. Oregon's vernal pools contain rare plants and a
federally listed threatened animal, the fairy shrimp.
Length: 10:33 Grade level: 4-7
Through close-up videography, follow the ant trails to find out
what a scientist is learning about the organization and behavior
of a thatch ant colony.
Students are introduced to thatch ants. The insects build nests
using interwoven twigs. For food, they harvest honeydew from aphids.
Survival depends on each worker constantly tending the nest and
collecting honeydew. Interestingly, there appears to be no hierarchy
in a thatch ant colony.
Length: 8:15 Grade level: 4-7