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University of Kentucky Department of Entomology
Insects in the Classroom Lesson Plan No. 102
Choose an Insect
Prepared by Caroline Stetter Neel, Extension Specialist
Library or Internet Research
Age Group: Can be adapted for elementary through high school.
Class Time: Initial discussion and preparation one class period (55 minutes).
- Students will use books, encyclopedias, magazines, and the Internet to discover certain facts about an insect of their choice.
- Students will write a short report addressing important facts about particular insects' lifestyle.
- Students will present their findings to the class.
The above objectives fall under KERA's Science Academic Expectations or at least in part.
- 2.2 Identify, analyze, and use patterns such as cycles and trend to understand past and present events and predicg possible future events.
- 2.3 Identify and analyze systems and the ways their components work together or affect each other.
- 2.4 Use the concept of scale and scientific models to explain the organization and functioning of living and nonliving things and predict other characteristics that might be observed.
- 2.5 Understand that under certain conditions nature tend to remain the same or move toward a balance.
- 2.6 Understand how living and nonliving things change over time and the factors that influence the changes.
Choose an Insect
By doing research on a certain insect, students can understand a little more about classification, food chains, interactions between organisms in their environment, characteristics of organisms, lifecycles of organisms, structure and function in living systems, to name a few. The use of the Internet and CD-Rom software reinforces their use of technology. Writing and presenting their findings gives students practice in these other important skills.
CHOOSE AN INSECT
Introduction: 10 pointsDefine and describe the characteristics of an insect.
What is the name of the insect you have chosen?
Why did you choose this critter?
Body 30 points
- What does your critter look like?
- Where is it found (habitat)?
- What does it eat or who eats it? (Niche)
- What kind of lifestyle or lifecycle does it have?
- What are the mating habits? How many generations are there a year?
- How long do they survive?
- Why is it important to life on earth?
- Is it a pest or beneficial?
- What are this critters' prospects, is it endangered?
- How do humans effect this organism?
- What was the most interesting fact or facts you learned about your insect?
Visual Aid 25 points
- A poster with pictures, descriptions of where and how it lives are some ideas for a visual aid.
Some Internet addresses
Choose an Insect (Some Suggestions)
|| Bean beetle
"Teacher Bug" cartoon courtesy of C. Ware, copyright 1999
Original document: August 1999
Last updated: 8 September 1999
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