The lesson satisfies the curiosity of young students who are likely already interested in the world of bugs, including both insects and arachnids. The lesson introduces students to insects of all shapes and sizes, compares insects and spiders, and helps students understand the differences between the different types of arthropods. There are numerous resources available on the Internet related to this topic, and it is recommended teachers use it at their discretion.
Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction:
- Ask students: What is the same and different about flies and spiders?
- Allow for responses and discussion. Ask students to name other types of bugs they have seen or know about.
- Allow for responses and discussion. Ask students if they could be separated into two groups.
- Allow for responses and discussion. Introduce Bugs.
- Distribute Bugs content pages. Read and review the information with the students. Introduce images of other types of insects and arachnids, including videos. Save the final question for the lesson closing. Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
- Distribute Activity pages. Read and review the instructions. Pair students. Distribute supplies. Encourage students to be creative and to use their imaginations. Students should make rough drafts of the new insect or arachnid before making the final copy. Allow time for the students to complete the work.
- Once completed, allow students to share their drawings, ensure that each pair of student’s new bug includes the correct characteristics.
- Distribute Practice pages. Check and review the students’ responses.
- Distribute the Homework page. The next day, check and review the students’ responses.
- In closing, ask students: Imagine you could turn yourself into a bug. What bug would you choose and why?
Common Core State Standards:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.1.9, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.9, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.
Class Sessions (45 minutes): At least 2 class sessions
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