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Structure and Function of a Katydid

A katydid in Central Iowa demonstrates a unique function of their anatomy.

Metro Waste Authority Environmental Learning Center, Runnells, Iowa

Possible Guiding, Compelling and/or Anchoring Questions

  • How is the katydid responding to its environment?
  • What kinds of senses is the katydid using?
  • What kinds of information is the katydid processing in its brain?

Classroom Suggestions

  • Look at other species' systems or structure (human, animal or plant) and learn about what they do and why that organism needs that system or structure to survive.
  • Create graphic organizers that compare and contrast different structures and systems.
  • Research an animal or plant and give a presentation on the different structures and systems.

Related Resources

  • PBS Learning Media: The video and interactive resources use clips from the Wild Kratts to teach 4th graders about life science.
  • Generation Genius: This resource contains information about animal and plant structures, presented in kid-friendly terms.

Iowa Core Alignment

Life Science
Disciplinary Core Idea
LS1: From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes

Credit Info

Submitted by Karla St. John and Amber Fairbanks as part of their Iowa STEM Teacher Externship experience at Iowa PBS.

Location courtesy of Metro Waste Authority.

Media produced by Iowa PBS.


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