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Investigating minibeast parts

1.5 Hours Per Group
Book Program
Year Levels


Minibeasts provide the perfect hands on experience to begin teaching students about body parts and their functions.

Prior Knowledge

No prior knowledge required. This can be a pre-visit, post-visit or stand alone activity.

Learning Intentions

In this program students will:

  • Recognise different body parts
  • Explain what these body parts are used for
  • Learn how to label a diagram
  • Learn how to use magnifying glasses.


Students will:

  • Observe a variety of living and preserved minibeasts
  • Complete a table noting which minibeast has which parts
  • Engage in a hands on experience with Spiny Leaf Insects and learn about the adaptations of this unique animal
  • Draw and, where possible, label the parts of this insect.

Victorian Curriculum

  • Living things have a variety of external features and live in different places where their basic needs, including food, water and shelter, are met (VCSSU042)
  • Participate in guided investigations, including making observations using the senses, to explore and answer questions (VCSIS051)
  • Use a range of methods, including drawings and provided tables, to sort information (VCSIS053).

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