We were greeted
early in the fall
by this praying mantis.
The insect is interesting to say the least.
I like to use the Handbook of Nature Study, but it doesn't have a mantis study.
So I worked out a lesson for us:
LEADING THOUGHT-The praying mantis lives in one place its entire life. Birds, bats, spiders, snakes, frogs, and even other mantises will eat one. It likes to ambush its prey.
METHOD-Observe the mantis as it is posed upon an object that is not naturally its habitat.
- What colors are the the praying mantis?
- Is it shiny or dull?
- How many sets of legs do you see?
- What is different about the folded legs?
- What are the clawlike structures for?
- Study the praying mantis' head. What color are the eyes? Describe the antennae-color and lengths. What shape is its face?
- What do you notice about the praying mantis' wings?
We also used our nature notebooks with some lapbook materials.
All in all it was a pretty good study. Oh and interesting fact: A mantis can live for several days without a head.
Wishing you homeschool blessings,