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Educator Guide: Inquiry with Isopods: Inquiry with Isopods

Inquiry with Isopods

Tips to Come Prepared

Before you visit the Genovesi Environmental Study Center (GESC) with your class, review the Educator's Guide to prepare for your students.

  • Read the Essential Questions (p. 1) and Connections to Standards (p. 2) to decide how you want to link your curriculum with your field trip
  • Complete the Pre-Visit Lesson with your class activating student interest and engagement
  • Come to GESC ready to engage and learn with our experiential, hands-on field trip program, Inquiry with Isopods

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Essential Questions

  • What is an isopod?
  • What are the steps of the scientific method?
  • What is ethology?

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Inquiry with Isopods

Materials for Pre-Visit Lesson

Materials for Post-Visit Lesson

Interesting Isopod Facts

  • Isopods are Crustaceans. They are more closely related to shrimp and crayfish than any kind of insect.

  • Isopod blood is blue! Because they have hemocyanin in their blood (which contains copper ions), when they become oxygenated, the blood appears blue.

  • A juvenile pill bug (the isopod Armadillidium vulgare) molts in 2 sections. When they molt, the back half of its exoskeleton splits away and slides off. A few days later, the pill bug sheds the front section.

Connections to Standards


Grade 6: Unit 3 Ecosystems
Grade 7: Unit 3: Structures of Life
Grade 8: Unit 3: Growth, Development, and Reproduction of Organisms Unit 4: Evolution, Natural Selection, and Adaptations

Sixth Grade

MS-LS2-1. Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem.

Seventh Grade
MS-LS1-1. Plan and conduct an investigation to provide evidence that living things are made of cells; either one cell or many different numbers and types of cells.

MS-LS1-8. Gather and synthesize information that sensory receptors respond to stimuli, resulting in immediate behavior and/or storage as memories.

Eighth Grade

MS-LS1-4. Use argument based on empirical evidence and scientific reasoning to support an explanation for how characteristic animal behaviors and specialized plant structures affect the probability of successful reproduction of animals and plants, respectively.

MS-LS4-2. Apply scientific ideas to construct an explanation for the anatomical similarities and differences among modern organisms and between modern and fossil organisms to infer evolutionary relationships.