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Investigating insects in the classroom

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Danielle Zuniga Danielle Zuniga 400 Points

I am a future teacher, but I am visually impaired.  In the future, my plans are to become a teacher for the blind and visually impaired.  What are the best practices to approach a visually impaired student to the study of real live insects that they can touch without being afraid of the science investigation?

Torrey Wenger Torrey Wenger 907 Points

Ooo, invest in giant millipedes as a class pet! They're vegetarian so they don't bite. (I handled one after eating baby carrots & got nibbled on - Their jaws aren't very strong. But have your kids wash their hands, just in case.) & they're large & slow-moving. Some possible experiments: Which food do they prefer? Can they learn a maze? Do they really have 1000 legs? (Spoiler: Nope.) Some possible research projects: How can we make the in-class habitat more like their African habitat? Are millipedes insects? Do millipedes have the same growth pattern as butterflies (egg, larva, pupa, adult)? One warning: Scared millipedes exude a brown liquid, which might stain. More importantly, if a kid is allergic to iodine, it might cause a reaction. I haven't seen one in a pet store in years so this recommendation might be useless. Have fun with bugs, whatever you do.

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