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Lesson Plan

Wasps

Summary: 
Look closely at real hornets, their nest and pieces of the nest
Science content (2016 curriculum): 
Biology: Features, Adaptations of Living Things (K, 1, 3, 7)
Materials: 
  • dead hornets in petri dishes
  • magnifiers
  • hornet nest
  • flashlight to look inside nest
  • pieces of hornet nest shell to look at closely
  • hornet nest cells to look at closely
  • images of wasps developing in their cells
Procedure: 

Several stations for students to rotate through:

Station 1:
Look at real hornets closely. Draw them.
Materials:
Wasps in petri dishes with magnifiers

Station 2:
Look at the outside of nests.
Peer into the complete one to see the cells inside.

Station 3:
Look at the outside of the nest with microscopes.
Materials:
6 microscopes, whole outside of nest, tape to put some nest in journal

Station 4:
Look at the inside of the nest. Draw how they built it.
Materials:
Nest inside, individual cells in magnifier boxes.

You tube video of nest building:
layers of nest being added over time: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cymGYvpKGOg&feature=related
time lapse of outside of nest being built: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JF25K9yg8oQ
half a hornet’s nest, see larvae being fed. http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=v4h_DIQKPPI

Notes: 

Some children are allergic to wasp venom. This activity may need to be avoided, or at least the materials contained.

Grades taught: 
Gr 1
Gr 2
Gr 3
Teacher: 
Ingrid
Site tested: 
General Gordon Elementary Science Club
Lesson plan originally developed and delivered: 

Gordon Elementary Science Club