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Materials:

Premade baggies filled with insects and non-insects

Paper/ chart paper

Construction Paper insect in parts/vocabulary labels

Kidpix

Kidspiration KWL Template

Kidspiration brainstorming template

Literature Books about Insects

Science Journals

Arts and craft materials

Alpha Smarts

Goals:

Students will label parts of an insect.

                   Students will listen to stories/movies about insects.

                   Students will discuss their experiences with insects.

                  Students will share what they learned about insects with each other.

                   Students will record information in Science Journals.

                   Students will read a variety of literature about insects.

                  Students will write about insects using various media.

Resource Instructions

Day 1: Motivation:

Knock and Draw Pictures (Ant and Ladybug)-don’t color

Meet and discuss what they drew (insects)

What is an insect? Have students talk with each other using soft voices about what they think an insect is? Call on students to share their thoughts about insects.

 Presentation: Day 1

1.  Using a KWL chart in Kidspiration students will brainstorm ideas on what they think an insect is and what they would like to know about insects.

2.  Read “What is an insect?” to see if their predictions matched and to discuss what they Learned about insects from the story. Add these findings to KWL chart made using Kidspiratio

3.  Use the premade insect (magnetic tape on back) and have the student’s help you put the insect together and label the parts of the insect’s body with the premade vocabulary cards. (Whole Group

4.  Students will be given their own insect vocabulary words. They will use these to label their knock and draw bug, glue them down and color their insects.

 thorax

abdomen

antennae

head

legs

End of Day 1: Informal Assessment: In journal students will write the answer to the question: What is an insect?

Day 2:

1.  Review insects and their parts from yesterday by teaching the students a new song:

                                                Insects Bodies (song)

Every insect’s body has three parts.

Yes, every insect’s body has three parts.

Every insect has a head, a thorax and abdomen,

Every insect’s body has three parts.

Every insect’s body has six legs.

Yes, every insect’s body has six legs.

They have three legs on each side

And they walk on them with pride.

Every insect’s body has six legs.

 2.  Review material covered yesterday about identifying and insect by passing out baggies containing insects and other creepy crawlies to each student. Students have to sort their creepy crawlies into two piles. After sorting they need to share at their teams why they sorted them the way that they did. Hopefully they will be using the words head, thorax, abdomen, legs and antennae as they discuss with their classmates. Share findings with the class.

 

Yes it is an insect             No it is not an insect

 

 Informal Assessment

 3.  Display premade insect pictures either print out or use in powerpoint form to spark interest. Discuss if they have ever seen any of these insects and if so let them share their experiences about them. Students share first with each other and then call on individual students to share.

  4. Read  “Backyard Insects”.  After reading  the book, have students brainstorm insects from the story. Use Kidspiration to record their responses. (movement- Have students choose one of the insects that they would most like to be and act out being that insect)

 5.   Form Cooperation Station Research Groups and explain what is meant by research.

 Day 3 & 4

1.  Student will work on research. Using a variety of resources such as non-fiction books and internet sites, students will work on finding a couple of facts about their particular insect and type them into an alpha smart. Then the group will record them on chart paper.

 2After research is complete, students will work together to create a giant illustration of their insect, outline it and paint it.

3.  Students will read over their research and be ready to share their facts and illustration with the class.

Extension to this activity:

Have students take digital pictures of their projects. Use audacity and have each group read theirs into the microphone. Put the pictures and sound into a powerpoint and share them with the class.

 Day 5: Students will watch video clip which gives a great deal of information on insects. (review of info)

http://urbanext.illinois.edu/insects/index.htm [urbanext.illinois.edu]

Assessment: (After video )

1.  Label a premade bug with vocabulary words.

2.  Students will be asked to record in their journals : What they learned about Insects 

3.  Students will create a cool insect using various arts and craft scraps.

Evaluation:

a. The premade bug will be used to see if the students were able to label the insect parts correctly.

b. The journal will also be viewed to see if the students acquired an understanding of insects.

c. The students model of an insect will be viewed to see if the student’s insect contained all the correct part

Extension Activities:

  • Learn about What insects eat? Cut and paste insect match
  • Learn about how some insects eat?
  1. a.   Butterfly: Cup filled with juice and straw that bends.                        Drink juice with straw like a proboscis                          (Leave a little juice)

b.  HouseFly: pick up the remaining juice with a sponge                        since their mouth is like a sponge.

  1. c.   Grasshoppers: provide big marshmallows-eat with                                only         gums no teeth (They love this!)
  • Learn where insects live? Over in the Meadow: paint water color habitats and add premade insect pictures.
  • How insects camouflage? Make a picture with a hidden insect and write a sentence about it.
  • Readers Theater: The Grasshopper and the Ant
  • Edible Insects: marshmallows, pretzel sticks and rope licorice

 TRACKSTAR: Created Track #411683,

Insect Sites

http://trackstar.4teachers.org/trackstar/ts/viewTrackMembersFrames.do?org.apache.struts.taglib.html.TOKEN=153fc765daa53d85b952a6393fcb0fca&number=411683&password [trackstar.4teachers.org]

http://urbanext.illinois.edu/insects/index.htm [urbanext.illinois.edu]   Let’s talk about insects)

http://home.comcast.net/~sharov/3d/virtual.html [home.comcast.net]  (virtual insects)

http://www.pedagonet.com/fun/flashgame243.htm [www.pedagonet.com] (interactive game-find the insects)

http://projects.edtech.sandi.net/encanto/insects1/ [projects.edtech.sandi.net]   (Webquest called Incredible insects)

Extensions:

Extension Activities:

  • Learn about What insects eat? Cut and paste insect match
  • Learn about how some insects eat?
  1. a.   Butterfly: Cup filled with juice and straw that bends.                        Drink juice with straw like a proboscis                          (Leave a little juice)

b.  HouseFly: pick up the remaining juice with a sponge                        since their mouth is like a sponge.

  1. c.   Grasshoppers: provide big marshmallows-eat with                                only         gums no teeth (They love this!)
  • Learn where insects live? Over in the Meadow: paint water color habitats and add premade insect pictures.
  • How insects camouflage? Make a picture with a hidden insect and write a sentence about it.
  • Readers Theater: The Grasshopper and the Ant
  • Edible Insects: marshmallows, pretzel sticks and rope licorice

 

Assessment:

Assessment: (After video )

1.  Label a premade bug with vocabulary words.

2.  Students will be asked to record in their journals : What they learned about Insects 

3.  Students will create a cool insect using various arts and craft scraps.

Evaluation:

a. The premade bug will be used to see if the students were able to label the insect parts correctly.

b. The journal will also be viewed to see if the students acquired an understanding of insects.

c. The students model of an insect will be viewed to see if the student’s insect contained all the correct parts.

 

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  • Attachments:

    1. PDFInsect Lesson with Visual Examples (download)

    2. PDFLesson for ESOL Activity 10... (download)