Bug Project

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Published October 17, 2016 | Updated November 2, 2016
Subject: Science
Season: Fall
Place of Learning: Garden
Resource Type: Lessons
Grade Level: Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2 , Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5
Uploaded by:
Kaylee Pineault

In this lesson, students use paper plates and other materials to construct a bug of their choice. Children demonstrate an understanding of their bug's anatomy and the role it plays in the garden ecosystem.

Objectives

K-1

  • Students will be able to explain connections between organisms in ecosystems and create a model of this process.
  • Students will be able to create an insect study and project that shows that insect’s traits, adaptations, and role in the ecosystem.
  • Students will be able to construct an explanation that predicts patterns of interactions among organisms across multiple ecosystems.
  • Key Points: Insects are complex creatures with detailed anatomies that are aligned with their adaptations in their environments.

2-3

  • Students will be able to explain connections between organisms in ecosystems and create a model of this process.
  • Students will be able to create an insect study and project that shows that insect’s traits, adaptations, and role in the ecosystem.
  • Students will be able to construct an explanation that predicts patterns of interactions among organisms across multiple ecosystems.
  • Key Points: Insects are complex creatures with detailed anatomies that are aligned with their adaptations in their environments.

4-5

  • Students will be able to explain connections between organisms in ecosystems and create a model of this process.
  • Students will be able to create an insect study and project that shows that insect’s traits, adaptations, and role in the ecosystem.
  • Students will be able to construct an explanation that predicts patterns of interactions among organisms across multiple ecosystems.
  • Key Points: Insects are complex creatures with detailed anatomies that are aligned with their adaptations in their environments.
Materials
  • Paper plates
  • Colored paper
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Pom poms
  • Googly eyes
Vocabulary
  • Insect
  • Adaptation
Kindergarten and First Grade

Introduction

We will be inside classrooms for this activity!

 

Core Lesson: I

Welcome to your project day! I am so excited for everyone to make an insect or worm today! It is time to really show what you know about anatomy and habitats of your favorite insect.

Today will be your only day to work on the project, so be sure to be careful with materials and use your time wisely! You make work alone or with one partner. T&T – do you want to make a ladybug or a bee? Why?

 

Guided Practice: We

  • For Kindergarten and First Grade, they will choose to make either a lady bug or a bee.
  • Review Questions
    • What is an insect? How do you know?
    • Where does your chosen insect live? Habitat?
    • What does your insect eat?
    • Why are they important?
    • What does it look like? How do you want to create this?

Lady Bug: Your materials are – paper plate, markers, pipe cleaners, glue, and construction paper.

Bee: Your materials are – popsicle stick, googly eyes, glue, paper, markers, and tissue paper.

  • Explain how to make each bug and show them a clear example of each. Demonstrate use of each material specifically and especially how to use glue, markers, and googly eyes! Write rules for materials on board: use one at a time, share, be careful, ask for help with glue and googly eyes, do not rip or break materials.
  • Urge Kinders to work with a partner for time’s sake.

 

Independent Practice: You

  • Students will have 30 minutes to create their insect project!
  • Have students use their plan they made last week. Circulate to monitor materials and safety.

 

Closure

  • If there is time, students share their insect, how they made it, and one fact about their insect.
Second Grade Through Fifth Grade

Introduction

We will be inside classrooms for this activity!

 

Core Lesson: I

Welcome to your project day! I am so excited for everyone to make an insect or worm today! It is time to really show what you know about anatomy and habitats of your favorite insect.

Today will be your only day to work on the project, so be sure to be careful with materials and use your time wisely! You make work alone or with one partner. T&T – do you want to make a ladybug, dragonfly, worm, butterfly, or a bee? Why?

 

Guided Practice: We

Choices for today are: a ladybug, a bee, a dragonfly, or butterfly

Review Questions:

  • What is an insect? How do you know?
  • Where does your chosen insect live? Habitat?
  • What does your insect eat?
  • Why are they important?
  • What does it look like? How do you want to create this?

Lady Bug: Your materials are – paper plate, markers, pipe cleaners, glue, and construction paper

Bee: Your materials are – popsicle stick, googly eyes, glue, paper, markers, and tissue paper

Dragonfly/Butterfly: popsicle stick, markers, glue, tissue paper

Worm: your choice…be creative

  • Explain how to make each bug and show them a clear example of each. Demonstrate use of each material specifically and especially how to use glue, markers, and googly eyes! Write rules for materials on board: use one at a time, share, be careful, ask for help with glue and googly eyes, do not rip or break materials.

The purpose of this project is to show your knowledge of the anatomy of the insect you choose, so make sure you pick one that you know and understand well! Enjoy being creative, but also be ACCURATE with your construction of the insect.

 

Independent Practice: You

  • Students will have 30 minutes to create their insect project!
  • Have students use their plan they made last week. Circulate to monitor materials and safety.
  • If they finish early, students will explain details about the insect’s habitat and adaptations on the worksheet provided.

 

Closure

  • If there is time, students share their insect, how they made it, and one fact about their insect.

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