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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • Paperback: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press (February 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1550745069
  • ISBN-13: 978-1550745061
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,546,928 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 2-4-Darkling beetle larvae, better known as mealworms, are commonly used to feed many types of animals kept in captivity. This introduction describes the insect's basic anatomy and life cycle; explains the process of metamorphosis; and gives step-by-step instructions for starting a mealworm farm, making an insect catcher, and conducting simple experiments. The clear, full-color drawings that appear on every page are accompanied by numbered instructions for activities and lists of necessary materials. Several large diagrams are also included. Colored inserts provide additional miscellaneous facts about mealworms and other insects. This title has an attractive format and a lucid, well-organized text. However, information on reproduction is limited and mating is never mentioned. Robert Gardner's Science Project Ideas about Animal Behavior (Enslow, 1997) includes similar information on the beetles' life cycle and also describes a number of simple experiments to test their reaction to stimuli, but it is aimed at an older audience. Despite its flaw, Mason's title will fill a gap in natural-history sections.-Karey Wehner, San Francisco Public Library

Copyright 1998 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Adrienne Mason is an educator and author whose books include Owls, Snakes, Move It! and Touch It! She lives in Tofino, British Columbia.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 25, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Masons' book is great for teachers that are looking for fun science activities. The activities in this book can be modified from Pre-K thru middle school. Great for interactive and hands-on experience. I have personally used it for three different grade levels and each time the students were very enthusiastic and eager to learn more. Mason makes the experiments easy to follow. Mealworms are fun and easy to care for. Following the metamorphic cycle is an experience my Pre-K, Kinder, and First graders will never forget. Thank you Ms. Mason.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 2, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Good for science project stuff. But not for really raising mealworms. Need to raise mealworms for feeding pets!
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By M Pfeifer on November 4, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I use this book in my classroom when my students are studying mealworms. It's perfect!
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