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Investigating minibeast parts

1 Hour
Book Program
Year Levels


Minibeasts are fascinating and diverse creatures, from their adaptations to their lifecycle they are great animals for students to investigate. Minibeasts are invertebrates, which are animals without a backbone. They are unsung heroes of the ecosystem, assisting in all areas from pollination to decomposing. Invertebrates inhabit almost all places and make up the majority of animal species on earth. They’re small, but they have a huge impact on our planet! Meet some minibeasts and discover their unique superpowers and learn funny, fascinating and unforgettable facts.

Prior Knowledge

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

Key Learning Question

What are the main body parts of invertebrates (mainly insects) and how do they 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
  • Learn how to label a diagram
  • Learn how to use magnifying glasses.


Students will:

  • Observe a variety of living and preserved minibeasts
  • Investigate a variety of living and preserved minibeasts 
  • Either complete a table noting which minibeast has which parts or take photos of minibeasts on IPads and use Seesaw or Explain Everything app to label their body parts
  • Rotate through a variety of engaging minibeast activities
  • Use magnifying glasses to observe macroinvertebrates from Ecolinc’s wetland
  • Dig through the soil to discover various compost bugs
  • Handle a variety of real minibeasts preserved in resin such as spiders, scorpions, centipedes, beetles, and other interesting invertebrates
  • Play with the Butterfly Life Cycle puppet to experience the different stages of metamorphosis
  • Have the opportunity to touch a Spiny Leaf Insect and learn about the adaptations of this unique animal
  • Draw and, where possible, label the parts of this 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