Our Topic is "wriggle and crawl". We are looking at minibeasts.
Minibeasts are ‘small creatures’, like worms, snails, insects and spiders. The scientific term for them is ‘invertebrates’ – a creature without a backbone.
Because they don’t have a backbone, minibeasts tend to have other structures which support and protect them. Snails have shells, while many insects and spiders have an ‘exoskeleton’, which is a hard casing on their outside.
There are over 25,000 minibeast species in Britain.
Facts of the day
- Invertebrates make up approximately 97% of the creatures living on Earth
- Minibeasts are a great source of protein. Many countries eat insects as part of their diet. Deep fried crickets are a popular snack in Thailand, while ant soup is a warming treat in China.
Today you could;
Next week you will be writing a non - Chronological report about minibeasts. Today you need to pick five minibeasts to research. You could do this using the internet on kidrex, books you have at home, observations from what you can see and asking your grown ups at home what they know.
Before you do your research you need to create a mind map with one bubble for each minibeast you are going to research. Record notes on what you find out. Remember notes do not have to be in sentences.
Things to find out-
Where they live.
What they look like.
What they eat.
How they protect themselves.
What is their life cycle.
Are they eaten anywhere in the world.