The Darkling Beetle: Determining Importance

Darkling Beetle

Darkling Beetles belong to the family Tenebrionidae. They are a family of beetles found worldwide, estimated at more than 20,000 species.

Many of the beetles are black. Darkling beetles eat both fresh and decaying vegetation. Major predators include birds, rodents and lizards.

The larval stages of several species are cultured as feeder insects for captive insectivores and include the very commonly known ‘mealworms’ and ‘superworms’ and the lesser-known ‘mini mealworms’. Mealworms are commonly used as feed for reptiles, fish and birds and are so easy to find from supply companies.

Mealworms can be grown in a wooden box or box eight to ten inches deep. They grow best in a container with large surface areas. The sides should be smooth to prevent them from escaping. The mealworms are mostly nocturnal and prefer a dark environment. Some sand may be provided at the bottom.


Below are reading texts that your reading group will read and answer the questions in your reading response book. While reading, use your comprehension skills to understand the text and try and determine the most important pieces of information. When you answer the questions in your book, remember to write neatly, write a title, SL1S and answer the questions in clear sentences.

Reading Groups 2, 3 & 4

Reading Groups 5 & 6

Turn it into a question.

To understand different nonfiction texts we are using some quick strategies to focus on the text to try and understand what we are reading. Last week we used the PEEK strategy to determine importance and this week we are going to use the titles and questions to focus our reading.

To do this, we need to read the headings and then ask a question from the heading. The questions we ask will focus our reading, because we will need to try and find and answer in the text.

To do this, I have prepared a triple entry journal for us to practise together based on this nonfiction text on ants.

Information Report: Sharks


An information report is a piece of writing informs readers about a topic. It is written in linked sentences and contains true information.
An information report has a beginning (introduction), middle (detailed information about the topic) and a conclusion.

Today we are going to unpack a seed in preparation for an information report. We will use the sub-headings and images to help us unpack the seed.


APPEARANCE: What it looks like, size, weight

BEHAVIOUR – What it does, diet, how it catches its food

HABITAT – Where they live

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