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One of the crowd

The amazing biology of the desert locust

The desert locust is an amazing animal. It is notorious as a swarming pest with a voracious appetite, but in fact spends most of its life as a shy solitary individual that carefully balances its food intake to match its body’s needs.

This Primary Pack, for Key Stage 2 (ages 8-11), is a series of worksheets and teacher’s notes based around our 'one of a crowd' exhibition.

Find out more about classification, food chains and life-cycles in our Minibeast discovery pack

Worksheets

What type of animal is my locust? (PDF 81KB)

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Making a life-cycle wheel (PDF 598KB)

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Where do locusts live? (PDF 85KB)

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Locust swarms (PDF 115KB)

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How does a locust eat? (PDF 39KB)

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Food chains (PDF 29KB)

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What type of skeleton? (PDF 68KB)

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How do we grow? (PDF 13KB)

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Numeracy worksheet

Locust problems (PDF 132KB)

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Literacy worksheet

Literacy sheet (PDF 41KB)

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Discussion sheet

How are locusts adapted? What do you think? (PDF 36KB)

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Teacher's notes

Classification “What is a locust?” (PDF 39KB)

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The life-cycle of the locust (PDF 94KB)

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Where do locusts live? (PDF 85KB)

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Locust feeding, crop damage and control (PDF 66KB)

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Growth and movement (PDF 47KB)

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How are locusts adapted? Fact sheet (PDF 23KB)

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Extra ideas for class activities (PDF 50KB)

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