You will have fun making your own virtual bug at the Monster Bugs section of The Magic Schoolbus website. You can select from various wings, legs, and heads to create a virtual bug. As you click on a specific part, information is provided on it. You can create a picture of an actual bug found in nature or you can put together parts from different bugs to create a fantasy creature.
The bugs that students make could be printed out and mounted on tag paper or cardboard for various activities; for example, students could sort and classify by attribute and by "monster bug"/real bug. To reinforce ideas in the Models benchmarks, be sure to discuss with students how their virtual bugs are like the real thing and how they are different.