Assignment 1: Michael and Jacky

Collection Title: The Insect Zoo


User Groups:

Group 1: Elementary school kids

Our primary group includes school children in kindergarten through 5th grade (ages 5 to 11).  The students can use the Insect Zoo collection to learn introductory Biology, and to foster their fascination with the natural world.  While they are exploring images and sounds of various insects, they will also be able to read information, and start to learn about the scientific classification of insects.


Group 2: Amateur entomologists (insect aficionados)

This group will include anyone who enjoys learning about and exploring insects.  They can use the collection as a reference for their explorations.  Whether they are looking for the taxonomy for the cricket they have captured from the backyard, or want to compare their cricket’s chirp to the sounds of other insects in the Orthoptera order, the Insect Zoo will provide the information they need.


Chief Source of Information:

The Encyclopedia of Life (  This is a free online resource, which brings together information about all life on Earth.  While entries about all of life are still being compiled, the available entries are comprehensive and sourced from reputable institutions.


Elements of Bibliographic Description:

We will include each insects name, sex, age, habitat, dimensions, date of acquisition, and its’ scientific classification by kingdom, phylum, class, order, family, genus, species, and binomial name.


Information tasks:

Task 1: Find two insects you want to learn more about.  Discuss what is similar and different about them.


Task 2: Find all of the insects from the Orthoptera order.


Task 3: Choose one insect and find out what species, genus, family, and order it belongs to. Discuss with your teacher what each of these categories means.


Catalog or Retrieval Tool:

We will create a digital collection index via an interactive website, which lists and links to pages about various insects.  This way, our user groups will be able to explore each insect in depth, through descriptions, images, and sound files.



Tumblr.  We chose Tumblr because it allows us to create an index based website, and to use meta tags, which connect the posts together by tag.


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