Suddenly I heard a gasp from one of the boys who happened to be seated near the jars of bugs. He informed us that the praying mantis was eating one of the crickets--alive. If you've ever taught a room full of 4th graders you know what happened next. Of course, I let them all run over and gawk at the disgusting sight. We certainly learned much about insects today. When it was time for lunch one of the boys remarked, "I think I lost my appetite."