Introduction (from the activity booklet that comes with this kit):
This kit challenges students in grades 5-8 to apply scientific reasoning and mathematical skills as they study the distribution patterns of common terrestrial insects and other invertebrates. Two basic techniques are used the pitfall trap technique and the Berlese funnel method. All materials needed for both techniques are provided. The activities highlighted in this booklet are designed to help students (1) improve their ability to investigate, gather data, and interpret the results; (2) gain an appreciation for the diversity of insects and other invertebrates which live around a school, park or backyard; and (3) develop an understanding of food chain relationships, decomposition, and life cycles.