Bug Pooter

Create a pooter, or “bug vac” to gently collect and study small creepy crawlies.

Grades covered: Pre through 10
Curriculum Topics: Arthropods, Observation, Classification, Insects


Idea Sheets are cross-referenced to subjects listed in the Common Core, Next Generation Science Standards, and California Content Standards.

Common Standards Click to View

Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive.||Next Generation Science Standards||Kindergarten||Life Science||From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes|||Construct an argument with evidence that in a particular habitat some organisms can survive well, some survive less well, and some cannot survive at all.||Next Generation Science Standards||Grade 3||Life Science||Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity |||Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction. ||Next Generation Science Standards||Grade 4||Life Science||From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes |||Develop a model to describe the movement of matter among plants, animals, decomposers, & the environment. [Emphasis: the idea that matter that is not food (air, water, decomposed materials in soil) is changed by plants into matter that is food.]||Next Generation Science Standards||Grade 5||Life Science||Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics

California Standards (Click to View)

2.a. How to observe and describe similarities and differences in the appearance and behavior of plants and of animals (e.g., seed-bearing plants, birds, fish, insects).||CA Science||Grade Kindergarten||02. Life Sciences||2. Different types of plants and animals inhabit the Earth.|||2.c. Decomposers, including many fungi, insects, and microorganisms, recycle matter from dead plants and animals.||CA Science||Grade 4||02. Life Sciences||2. All organisms need energy and matter to live and grow.|||3.d. How to construct a simple branching diagram to classify living groups of organisms by shared derived characteristics, and expand the diagram to include fossil organisms.||CA Science||Grade 7||03. Evolution||3. Biological evolution accounts for the diversity of species developed through gradual processes over many generations.

Categories include:
  • Life Science
  • Pre-K
  • Grades K-2
  • Grades 3-5
  • Grades 6-8
  • Science
Tags: Structure & Function, Ecosystems
Subjects covered: Life Science