Adrianne has a master's degree in cancer biology and has taught high school and college biology.
At the completion of this lesson, students will be able to:
- explain what an insect is
- identify insect habitats
- describe why insect habitats fit the insects needs
1.5 - 2 hours
Construct an argument that some animals form groups that help members survive.
Construct an argument with evidence that in a particular habitat some organisms can survive well, some survive less well, and some cannot survive at all.
- Copies of the Insect Habitats: Facts, Characteristics & Types text lesson
- Copies of the lesson worksheet
- Student computers
- Play-Doh in various colors (the sets of different colors and enough to build habitats)
- Cardboard or plastic shoe boxes
- Index card with the name of a different insect on each card
- Begin the lesson by asking your students to describe where they live. Prompt your students to include how their homes provide what they need in regards to protection from weather, animals, and other things they would make their lives uncomfortable.
- Tell your students that bugs look for comfortable homes just like people do and they are going to learn about it as they read the Insect Habitats: Facts, Characteristics & Types text lesson.
- Pass the lesson out to your students. Read the lesson together as a class by having different students each read one paragraph in the text lesson. Pause reading periodically for discussions.
- Start the reading at the beginning of the lesson and pause reading for the first time at the end of the 'What Are Insects?' section. Ask and discuss the following as a class:
- What are insects?
- What are some functions of insects in our environment?
- What are some examples of insects?
- What are some animals that are commonly mistaken for being insects?
- Continue with the reading and pause reading again after the end of the 'Hives' section. Ask and discuss:
- Where do weaver ants live?
- How do they use the trees as protection from predators?
- What is a honeybee?
- Where do they build their habitats?
- What are wasps' and hornets' nests made from?
- Continue the reading through the end of the 'Self-Made' section. Ask and discuss the following as a class:
- What type of habitat do termites live in?
- What is the size of the larger termite mounds?
- What connects different parts of the mounds together?
- What type of habitat do caddisfly's live in?
- How do they use the water to help with making babies?
- What is a bivouac?
- How do army ants use bivouacs to help get food?
- Read the 'Lesson Summary' to your students. Be sure to emphasize the main points and answer any questions they have at this point.
- Divide your students into groups of 3-4 students.
- Have one student select one of the index cards to assign an insect to the groups.
- Instruct the other students to get a set of Play-Doh colors and a shoe box.
- Explain to your students that they are going to build the habitat for their assigned insect using the Play-Doh.
- The insect habitats should include all parts of the habitat (water, trees, burrows, etc) and the students should show the insects in their habitat.
- Each group should also write a short description about the habitat and why it is suitable for their assigned insects on the index card that has the name of the insect on it.
- Have each group present their insect habitats and read their descriptions to the class. Encourage discussion by asking questions after each presentation.
- Give your students the lesson worksheet to complete on their own.
- Students should turn in the completed worksheet as their ticket out the door.
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