The Cockroach Invasion

Oriental Cockroach

Oriental Cockroach

In a third grade classroom at a Long Beach school, cockroaches suddenly swarmed out of the faucet in the back of the room. After catching and killing the cockroaches, the teacher, Sherry Meinberg, used the incident as a teachable moment. The class had a new project: learn about cockroach biology. Meinberg turned the event into a children’s book, The Cockroach Invasion.

The Cockroach Invasion retells the event, the project that followed and what the class learned about cockroach biology in a captivating style. The book project bogged down when Meinberg had difficulty finding an illustrator for her book. Many refused to draw an insect they found disgusting. Meinberg then decided to have an art contest and accept contributions from students. A neighbor who was an art teacher of K-8 students had her students accept the challenge. The students provided many of the illustrations in the book. Another teachable moment in which students were able to study the features of cockroaches and make contributions to a real book.

The Cockroach Invasion is a compelling and informative book, written for the third grade level. It is a book your budding young entomologist might enjoy.

About jjneal

Jonathan Neal is an Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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