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Investigating Minibeast Parts

1 Hour
Book Program
Year Levels


Minibeasts are invertebrates, which are animals that lack a backbone. Invertebrates are classified according to their features and can be broken down into phylum’s: Arthropoda, Annelida and Mollusca. These phylum’s are divided further into sub-groups:
  • Arthropoda - insect, arachnid, myriapod, crustacean 
  • Annelida - worm
  • Mollusca - snail, slug

Prior Knowledge

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

Key Learning Question

What are the main body parts of invertebrates and how do these features help them survive in their environment?

Learning Intentions

In this program students will:

  • Recognise different body parts of minibeasts
  • Explain the role of the body parts
  • Collect and record data
  • Learn how to label a diagram
  • Learn how to use magnifying glasses


Students will:

  • Observe a variety of living and preserved minibeasts, noting the minibeast parts
  • Observe phasmids (stick/leaf insects) and discuss their adaptations
  • Draw and, where possible, label the parts of the leaf insect

Victorian Curriculum

Science - Biological sciences

  • 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)

Learning Continuum

The following Learning Continuum is a guide for teachers to show the links between the programs. Ecolinc offers onsite, online and through outreach. The Learning Continuum can be used to access Ecolinc resources to support the development of units of work.

Ecolinc Learn Online is an online learning management system offering interactive online courses for students and teachers. These courses can be undertaken either as a pre-visit, post-visit or stand-alone. Students are encouraged to do the pre-learning course before coming to Ecolinc for an onsite program.

Outreach programs are conducted by an Ecolinc education officer at your school. They are available to moderately disadvantaged primary schools in the Geelong, Ballarat and western suburbs areas (or within 100km radius from Bacchus Marsh)

Learn Online Pre-program:

☞ Minibeast Mansions


☞ Minibeasts