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Stick Bug Survival—Super Value Kit

By: The Flinn Staff

Item #: FB1607 

Price: $91.84

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Stick Bug Survival Kit for biology and life science is a fantastic hands-on activity where students learn about natural selection, gene pool, predator/prey relationships and more.

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A fantastic hands-on activity where students learn about natural selection, gene pool, population size and predator/prey relationships. Stick bugs live in a stick forest and tend to blend in with their stick forest surroundings. Forceps birds love to eat stick bugs when they can find them! What happens to a population of stick bugs over several generations? Who survives? Who thrives? Your students will have fun and remember key principles of survival after participation in this hands-on activity. Working in teams, students will play the role of forceps birds and go on feeding frenzies. Each forceps bird has its favorite variation of stick bug. Once eaten, the stick bugs are not returned to the population. Only those that survive are allowed to reproduce. Which ones have the greatest survival rate after the first generation? What happens to the makeup of the population? What happens to the population after many generations of feedings? All these questions plus many more will be answered.

Super Value Kit is complete for 32 students working in groups of four. All materials are reusable.


Materials Included in Kit: 
Foil pan, 8" x 8" square, 7
Forceps, polypropylene, 5½", 30
Toothpicks, plastic, green, pkg/500
Toothpicks, plastic, red, pkg/500
Toothpics, plastic, yellow, pkg/500
Toothpicks, wooden, flat, pkg/750, 8
Toothpicks, wood, 250/box, 2

Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Developing and using models
Planning and carrying out investigations
Analyzing and interpreting data
Using mathematics and computational thinking
Constructing explanations and designing solutions

Disciplinary Core Ideas

MS-LS2.A: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems
MS-LS2.C: Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning, and Resilience
MS-LS4.C: Adaptation
MS-LS4.B: Natural Selection
HS-LS2.A: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems
HS-LS2.C: Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning, and Resilience
HS-LS4.B: Natural Selection
HS-LS4.C: Adaptation

Crosscutting Concepts

Systems and system models
Structure and function
Stability and change

Performance Expectations

HS-LS2-2. Use mathematical representations to support and revise explanations based on evidence about factors affecting biodiversity and populations in ecosystems of different scales.
HS-LS4-3. Apply concepts of statistics and probability to support explanations that organisms with an advantageous heritable trait tend to increase in proportion to organisms lacking this trait.
HS-LS4-4. Construct an explanation based on evidence for how natural selection leads to adaptation of populations.
HS-LS4-5. Evaluate the evidence supporting claims that changes in environmental conditions may result in (1) increases in the number of individuals of some species, (2) the emergence of new species over time, and (3) the extinction of other species.
MS-LS4-4. Construct an explanation based on evidence that describes how genetic variations of traits in a population increase some individuals’ probability of surviving and reproducing in a specific environment.
MS-LS4-6. Use mathematical representations to support explanations of how natural selection may lead to increases and decreases of specific traits in populations over time.