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Students observe crickets to practice observation, measurement and hypothesis  skills. In this cricket lesson, students observe crickets mating, producing a calling song, and being territorial.  
Students explore the behavior of crickets during courtship. They measure the number and types of interactions between household crickets. Students discriminate between quantitative and qualitative observations. They collect data to develop hypotheses and guide their own experimental design.
First graders build a habitat for crickets after studying animal survival needs. They care for and observe the crickets in the classroom habitat.
In this word recognition worksheet, learners trace the word "cricket," write the word independently, and color the picture of the cricket.
Scientific exploration often starts with a big question. The big question learners are going to explore is: "Do both male and female crickets chirp?" The class will pose and test a hypothesis based on the singing habits of these insects and habitat changes that occur during the experiment. The lesson comes in two parts, and includes a well-constructed materials list and a pre-activity worksheet.
Comparative anatomy prevails in the lesson exploring diversity among invertebrates. Biologists examine physical characteristics of an earthworm from phylum annelida and a meal worm from phylum insecta. They also inspect a cricket and a crayfish, both arthropods, but from different classes. Plenty of direction, space for recording observations, and follow-up questions make this handout a thorough investigation of invertebrates for middle or high school biology classes, especially when studying classification.
In this collecting data worksheet, 4th graders use the data collected on crickets chirps and the temperature to make a line graph by following 4 directives.
Students study characteristics of crickets. For this cricket lesson, students complete the associated worksheets either independently or with the teacher. They answer the questions independently.
In this cricket instructional activity, students read a diagram that shows a female and male cricket wing. The basal and distal are labeled for both wings.
High schoolers examine the effect of temperature on how often crickets chirp. In groups, they complete the experiment and answer lab discussion questions. They create a graph of temperatures and the amount of chirps and discuss the results.
First graders differentiate between (adult) male and female crickets through observations, counts, and drawings of crickets.
Sixth graders investigate insect anatomy by analyzing a live cricket.  In this insect science lesson, 6th graders discuss their knowledge of insects and describe their characteristics from memory.  Students observe live crickets in class while working in small groups.
Students examine determine the symbiotic relationship between plants and animals as the find ways to naturally reduce carbon dioxide emissions. They study the carbon cycle. They work with probe and graphing calculator to examine the carbon dioxide released from a cricket.
Pupils explore and experience information about temperature changes by using crickets' chirps to calculate the temperature. The data is applied to formula and the temperatures are calculated.
Students examine the attributes of crickets. In this arthropods lesson, students observe crickets and sketch and label their parts. Students respond to questions regarding their observations.
Students find relationships between two variables. They use given data in an Excel worksheet to examine the pitch of a cricket chirp and the approximate temperature. Student determine if the recorded pitch of a cricket can actually predict the temperature.
Students, through observation of crickets, recognize and use proper names for human and insect body parts. They compare and contrast parts of human and insect body parts.
Walk your scientists through this organized presentation on the scientific method. Each step of the process is explained on its own slide using the example of the question, "Does temperature affect the rate of cricket chirps?" Traditional terminology, "independent and dependent variables," is used, and the more current terminology, "manipulated and responding variables," is briefly mentioned. Because this presentation addresses control and experimental groups, how to graph data, and publication, it is geared toward middle and high school scientists.
Interested in a special folktale to read with your class? Then this lesson might be for you. Readers will build an understanding of the food chain while creating a storyboard that includes the characters, setting, and plot of the story. This resource provides a list of extensions that can be applied to social studies, science, langague arts, art, and math. The story is not included, but can be found using the website listed at the bottom of the page.
Students complete scientific observation to study similarities and differences in animals. In this similarities and differences lesson plan, students study pictures of twins and discuss similarities and differences. Students then study goldfish and crickets and discuss their similarities and differences. Students make illustrations for their observations and a vocabulary word wall.

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