Class Insecta Characteristics

My students are discovering the five classes of phylum arthropoda. We have focused on two classes; chilopoda (centipede) and diplopoda (millipede). Now we are looking at how taxonomists classify living organisms into class insecta. Insects have an  exoskeleton made out of a protein called chitin, a body with three segments, six jointed legs, a pair of antennae and compound eyes. Insects are the only arthropods that display wings. They can have 0,2,or 4 wings; the fly is the only group that has 2 wings with all other winged insects having 4. The students created a newly discovered arthropod model which is distinguished by all the correct characteristics for an insect. The children displayed their creativity and knowledge of the class insecta!

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