I didn't know that, not until we covered pill bug anatomy for the girls' summer animal portfolio unit.
Say what you will about pill bugs, they're an easy, accessible, sturdy critter to catch and study and release. Butterflies are so much lovelier, but you've got to be so gentle with them, or take their tattered wings upon your soul. You've got to be gentle with pill bugs, too, of course, but anything that will roll up into a ball and let you roll it around in the palm of your hand is alright by me!
To study pill bug anatomy, I printed out an anatomical diagram of pill bugs from Enchanted Learning (Does that link work for you with my membership tag in it? If not, you can go to the Enchanted Learning site and search "pill bugs") for the girls to color--
--and then I sent the girls outside to collect some lucky pill bugs, so that we could match the diagram to their real, live anatomy. I swear, this Brock Magiscope is one of my absolute favorite homeschool supplies:
|These remind me of the types of photos that bloggers take when they don't want to show their kids' faces. My kids just have a lot of hair!|
|This pill bug is fine--Will tipped it upside-down to get a look at its jointed legs.|