Periodical cicadas are amazing insects that spend many years (13 or 17 years) developing in their juvenile stage underground. A brood is a group of cicadas that will emerge all at once in a geographical region. Brood X cicadas are emerging in large masses in the Eastern United States in the spring of 2021.
There are two videos to choose from to learn about the Brood X Cicadas.
The first one is better for younger kids, the second one will appeal to older kids. Feel free to watch one, or both!
You’ll see a number of other videos that are a deeper dive into things that may interest you. Feel free to watch as many of those as you like. Then choose some activities or a project.
Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the page to test your understanding by taking the quiz!
High school students or any student who wants to dig deeper, continue your study with one of the advanced learning projects located at the end of this learning block!
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To make an origami cicada, you will need:
Save your cicada to your portfolio when you are finished.
For a more advanced cicada origami project, check out this video.
See if you can label the following stages:
You may not live in an area where you experience emergences of periodical cicadas, but wherever you live, you probably have insects!
Take your science notebook outside to find an insect to observe and record your findings. Include the following information and anything else you think is important about your insect.
Then, you can use a site like this one to try to identify your insect.
Save this to your portfolio.
Choose at least one.
If you live in an area where you will experience the Brood X or a future brood cicada emergence, you could be part of science! Choose one or both of the following options:
Download the Cicada Safari app (access it from their website to learn more about cicadas) or the iNaturalist app. You will need to sign up and then you will be able to take photos and record cicada sounds to upload.
Collect specimens to send to researchers as part of the Urban Buzz Citizen Science at North Carolina State University (contact the organization to ensure they are still accepting specimens). Download and follow these instructions.
Save photos of your specimens and data to your portfolio.
If you don’t live in an area where you will experience the cicada emergence, you can create a presentation for you and your family and friends to share what you’ve learned about cicadas.
Using Google Slides or a similar program, create a presentation about periodical cicadas. Consider the following questions:
Include anything else interesting that you’ve learned and want to share!
Save your project to your portfolio when you are finished.
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