Grade Level: Middle School
Standards: Science as Inquiry:
- Identify questions that can be answered through scientific investigations
- Design and conduct a scientific investigation
- Use appropriate tools and techniques to gather, analyze, and interpret data
- Develop descriptions, explanations, predictions, and models using evidence
- Think critically and logically to make the relationships between evidence and explanations
- Recognize and analyze alternative explanations and predictions
- Communicate scientific procedures and explanations
- Use mathematics in all aspects of scientific inquiry
Japanese beetles are a thorn in the side of rose growers everywhere. The invasive species, introduced to North America in the early 1900s, causes crop and landscaping damage in the tens of millions of dollars each year, and roses are not immune. But are all types of roses the same in the eyes of the beetles?
This simple, one-day activity answers that question while helping young scholars build the skills to gather, analyze, interpret, and report scientific data. A 20-point scoring rubric is included for easy grading.
Learn more by downloading the activity plan above.
Ward's® Painted Lady Butterflies
Vanessa cardui Butterflies form chrysalides and transform into colorful butterflies right before your eyes.
biOrb® Air Terrariums
A compact, easy to manage terrarium.
Wards® Mini-Habitat Terrarium Sets
Grow your own collection of plant ecosystems and study life cycles, habitats, and interaction of living systems with these hands-on live terrarium sets.
Ward's® Student Insect Net Set
A high quality starter net. The Student insect net is designed for general aerial sweeping and collection.
Show Me Science: The Abundant Beetles DVD
This program provides a fascinating look at the world’s most abundant and successful forms of insect life.