Set-up: Munching on Mixtures

Activity sheets:
Food Power Tower

Teacher Preparation:

  • Gather materials for grasshopper containers and set-up several days before lesson begins. Identify and prepare a place in the classroom for the insects to live. Avoid areas with direct sun, air vents or cold drafts.
  • To facilitate the experiment, do not feed the grasshoppers for the day before making observations. Otherwise the grasshoppers will rest for much of the time and the students will not necessarily see the grasshoppers eat.
  • The Food Power Tower used throughout the lesson requires bulletin board space that is accessible to the students. Use the illustration as a guide. One chart is planned for this lesson (Activity 3). Four discussions are recorded on butcher paper (Activities 1, 2, 3 and 4). Prepare bulletin board space or other wall space for displaying the charts and notes throughout the lesson.
  • Sandwiches are planned for the Closure Activity. Budget for food, have students bring in items, or coordinate efforts with the cafeteria if possible.
  • Gather remaining materials and books (see Bibliography).


  1. Grasshoppers (10-20)
  2. One aquarium or gallon jar
  3. Various leaves for grasshoppers (wild plants, lettuce, herbs, grass, etc.)
  4. Sandwich makings
  5. Individual student journals
  6. Paper
  7. Crayons
  8. Butcher paper
  9. Incandescent desk lamp or light bulb as a heat source for the grasshoppers
  10. Four containers for performing experiment
  11. Judy Barrett, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs; Arnold Lobel, Grasshopper on the Road; Russell Hoban, Bread and Jam for Frances.
  12. Any supporting fiction and non-fiction literature that may not be suggested in the bibliography.

Grasshopper Information Sheets

Grasshopper Rearing Sheets

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