Seventh and Eighth grade science students had the opportunity to observe live Madagascar hissing cockroaches in class today. Our biology unit included several live observations including single-celled paramecia, several plants and flowers, live snails, and finally the cockroaches.

Today, the students were asked to observe:

  • How the cockroaches walk
    • Which feet move together
  • What they prefer to eat
    • Strawberries
    • Blueberries
    • Watermelon
    • Banana
  • How they react to various stimuli
    • A gust of wind
    • Water
    • Sticky substance on their antennae
    • Objects placed in front of them

We would like to give a giant thank you to Denny’s Pet World in Kirkland for donating the cockroaches for the day. Many thanks also go out to Jeff Kauffman for transporting the cockroaches to and from school, and to Marty Dong and Lori Kell for volunteering to handle the cockroaches during class.