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Annelid & Arthropod Research Project   Tags: annelid, annelid_arthropod_research, arthropod  

This research project is designed to accompany the Animal Kingdom science unit on invertebrates. Students may complete this project independently or with a partner.
Last Updated: Aug 21, 2010 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Research Topics

Suggested Research Topics:

Odonata (dragonflies & mayflies)

Salticidae (jumping spiders)

Mantodea (praying mantids & their relatives)

Trilobita (trilobites)

Polychaeta (marine annelids)

Lepidoptera (butterflies & moths)

Diplopoda (millipedes)

Scorpiones (scorpions)

Formicidae (ants)

It is possible for students to suggest other topics for research. This should be discussed with and approved by the instructor.  Such topics should be made at a taxonomic level of "order" or "family", rather than "genus" or "species".  Students who select this option will also need to assume a greater responsiblity for locating sufficent information resources. 


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Research Guidelines

Guidelines for Researching Arthropods & Annelids

Choose a related group of arthropods or annelids of interest.  Research your topic thoroughly.  Be sure to take notes on as many of the following subtopics as possible:

  • List and explain four to six characteristics that this group of animals has in common.
  • Choose three to four specific species within the group you are researching.  Give three to five of the more intriguing or significant facts about each one.
  • Describe the habitats and geographical locations where the members of this group can be found. 
  • What do these arthropods or annelids eat?  How do they obtain their food?  What are some of the commonalities in this area?  What are some of the more interesting contrasts?
  • Describe the lifecyle of this group of animals. 
  • What type of perceptual equipment do these animals have?  How do they communicate with members of their own species?
  • What are some of the predators of this group of annelids or arthropods?  How are they able to defend themeselves from or escape from these predators? Do these strategies vary among the different species in the group you are researching?  If so, how?
  • How have modern humans impacted some of the species in this group?  If some of these species are threatened or endangered, what are some things that can be done to help out?
  • Include citations for all sources of information.

Note:  A printable copy of these guidelines can be found under the Documents tab.



Ordovician trilobite from Wikimedia Commons


Presentation Guidelines

  • Your presentation will consist of a written component and an oral presentation to the ELP class.
  • The written portion of this project should be a summary of the main points of your oral presentation.  This may be done as a one to two page Word document.  Alternatively, you may choose to use Comic Life for this portion of your project. Additional copies will be made of the written project for your classmates to refer to in small group as you make your presentation to them.
  • You may use PowerPoint or Photo Story 3 for your oral presentation.
  • PowerPoint slides work best with three or fewer bulleted pieces of information per slide.  Photo Story 3 slides should have two or fewer bullets.
  • Both Power Point and Photo Story are visual mediums.  They will be at their most effective if most slides have a photograph, illustration, or diagram, as well as printed information. 
  • The final slide should list citations.

Note:  A printable copy of these guidelines can be found under the Documents tab.


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