Beetle Boy- Classification

The story of Beetle Boy by M G Leonard is about a boy called Darkus who is miserable. His dad has disappeared, and his neighbours are disgusting.  He joins forces with  Baxter, a giant beetle and the two of them try to find out why his father has disappeared.  This book provides a nice way to link to work on classification of invertebrates, through which children can explore:

  •   describe how living things are classified into broad groups according to common observable characteristics and based on similarities and differences, including micro-organisms, plants and animals

    •  give reasons for classifying plants and animals based on specific characteristics

Key scientific vocabulary: sort, classify, invertebrate, exoskeleton, insect, classsificaton key, identify