Silkworms and their importance in ancient China

  • School Year: 2013-2014
  • Applicants: Susan Winslow
  • School: Bristow Middle School
  • Subjects: Social Studies

To enhance the unit on ancient China, 7th graders at Bristow will have the opportunity to study silkworms and their role in the silk making trade. After learning about the life cycle of the silkworm, they will then be able to take live silkworms home, feed them a special mulberry leaf food, and watch their silkworm grow and spin a silk cocoon. Once the cocoon is in place, students will either boil it and unravel the silk or wait for the silk moth to emerge. This project will give the students a greater appreciation of the role of the silkworm in history.

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