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Learn about 10 underground animals; their classifications, habitats, food, and more. This 42 page print and use unit study is a child-directed unit study for intermediate readers that requires no parental prep time. Adaptable for younger grades or beginning readers. Includes D'Nealian-style writing practice and animal report forms.
Learn about 10 underground animals; their classifications, habitats, food, and more. This 42 page print and use unit study is a child-directed unit study for intermediate readers that requires no parental prep time. Adaptable for younger grades or beginning readers. Includes D'Nealian-style writing practice and animal report forms.

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UNDERGROUNDCRITTERS 
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Table of Contents
Pillbug3EarwigCentipede9Millipede 12 Mole Cricket1Wolf Spider19 Ant 24Earthworm29Mole34Shrew3
It is recommended that you provide classification charts to go along with these lessons inorder to visually demonstrate the classification of animals. For free animal classificationcharts send a blank email with 'Animal Classification Chart' in the subject line toTheTeachersDesk@verizon.net. 
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Pillbug
What is the name of this arthropod?
Pill Bug?
Roly-poly?
Armadillo Bug?
Ball Bug?
Potato Bug?
Sow Bug?
Wood Louse?
Doodle Bug?
Slater?
Gribble?
Isopod?The pillbug is more afraid of you than you are of it. If it is threatened, it willsimply roll up into a ball to protect itself with its hard exoskeleton. For thisreason, it is sometimes called a roly-poly. The closely related sowbug, on theother hand, just runs away - a sowbug does not roll into a ball.Sowbugs are oval with a flattened body. They are wingless, brownor gray, with seven pairs of legs and overlapping "armored" platesthat make them look like little armadillos. Sowbugs have two tail-like appendages on the rear end. Pillbugs are similar, except theydon't have these appendages and can roll up into a tight ball.Pillbugs are found in damp, dark places, such as under rocks and logs. Pillbugsare nocturnal and are
herbivores
 
(plant eaters).
They eat decaying wood,leaves, and other vegetation. Because they eat rotting plants, they are usuallyhelpful insects but they can be pests to seedlings or crops. Pillbug predatorsinclude birds, frogs, toads, snakes, lizards, and some small mammals.Pillbugs and sowbugs are not insects at all. Instead, they are arthropods likecrabs and lobsters.
Arthropods
are
a group of animals that have a hard exoskeleton, jointed legs, and a segmented body.
Arthropods are
invertebrates
, so they have
no backbone
. Most animals that live on land uselungs to breathe. Pillbugs have no lungs. They have gills, like fish! If they gettoo dry, they will die.
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