As we finish up our Class Insecta unit, students start collecting photos and video of our Bess beetles. These class pets are an excellent insect to work with; their shiny exoskeleton, serrated mandibles, and mild nature make them wonderful specimens. Using their ipad, students had to focus on a list of 8 physical and behavioral characteristics of the beetle. Their ability to use the zoom feature gave them a unique view of detailed parts such as the sensory hairs, jointed antenna, and compound eyes. They will create an informative video which features these physical characteristics!