Isopod Investigations

April 2006
Science & Children;Apr/May2006, Vol. 43 Issue 7, p58
Academic Journal
Science Experiment
The article presents focuses on an experiment about isopods. Based on the objective to observe animal appearance and behavior and record data, the experiment requires equipment including roly-polies, magnifying lens, transparent plastic container, metric ruler and paper with pencil to make notes. Teachers are suggested to give students time to sketch and make notes of the animal's appearance and behavior. Students need to focus on certain specific aspects of the animals like does a roly-poly have eyes, or how does it move. The teacher should explain that animals have defense behaviors to protect themselves from harm. Students should be assured that isopods are harmless to humans. Each student should be directed to appoint themselves in a pair as Student A and Student B. Finally, the findings should be discussed in the classroom.


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