Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.
Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:
- explain key facts about insects
- list and describe the parts of an insect
- identify the parts of an insect on a model
45 to 60 minutes
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- Assorted images or photographs of insects
- Paper copies of the text lesson Parts of an Insect: Lesson for Kids
- A worksheet created using the quiz from the associated text lesson
- Multipurpose paper
- Beads in assorted sizes
- Quick-drying glue
- Pipe cleaners
- Google eyes
- Display the images of insects for the class.
- What do the images have in common?
- What different parts can you name on the insects featured in the images?
- Pass out the paper copies of the text lesson to the class, one for each student.
- Ask the class to read the introduction and 'Name Those Parts' section of the text lesson.
- Can you spot the head in any of the images on display?
- Do any of you know what a thorax might be?
- Where is the abdomen on the images on display?
- Tell the students to read 'The Head' section of the text lesson.
- What is sensory information?
- What do insects use their eyes for?
- What can insects do with their antennae?
- How can mouthparts vary from insect to insect?
- What is the thorax and where is it found on an insect?
- How do insects breathe?
- Ask the students to read the remainder of the text lesson.
- What can be found in the abdomen of an insect?
- Review key facts about the parts of an insect with the class.
- Distribute the worksheet to the class, one for each student.
- Instruct the students to work independently to complete the worksheet.
- When all students have finished the worksheet, allow some time for them to ask and answer one another's questions before reviewing each answer with the class.
- Divide students into pairs.
- Have each pair work together to sketch a simple insect on a sheet of paper, labeling each part.
- Using their sketches as a guide, have each student build an insect to demonstrate each part using the beads, glue, pipe cleaners, and google eyes.
- When all students have finished building their insects, have students take turns showing and telling the class about the insects they've created as they point out each different part.
- Bring in a few live insects in jars to allow students to see the different parts.
- Have students select one specific type of insect to research.
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