Bug Farm


What makes something alive? Every living thing is part has a life cycle but is also part of a more complex food chain.

SESSION activities

  • Observe and discuss differences between the needs of plants and animals
  • How do we sort living things into groups?
  • Use our Mealworm Hives to discover the different parts of a mealworm life cycle
  • How does this fit into the bigger picture of a food chain which may include us?

SCIENCE EDUCATOR demonstrations

  • Defining  anthropods and how they differ from plants.
  • Understanding that insects can be part of the human diet and that there are sustainability benefits

STUDENT experiments

  • Handling life specimens to make observations.
  • Use the mealworms as a basis to complete a chain where their waste can be used to feed plants.
  • Energy is transferred between living things as food.






Australian curriculum

Yrs F-2  * Living things have a variety of external features (ACSSU017)


*Living things grow, change and  have offspring similar to themselves  (ACSSU030)


*Participate in guided investigations and make observations using the senses (ACSIS011)


*Compare observations with those of others (ACSIS041)

victorian curriculum

Yrs F-2

 * Living things can be plants and animals. (VCSSU032)


*Living things can be grouped on the basis of observable features and can be distinguished from non-living things. (VCSSU042)


*Living things have a variety of external features and live in different places where their basic needs, including food, water and shelter, are met (VCSSU042)


*Actively join in exploration of familiar objects and events (VCSIS036)


*Participate in guided investigations, including making observations using the senses, to explore and answer questions (VCSIS051)