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New! Singing Crickets
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.
The Crickets in the Classroom Page
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.
Territorial Behavior in Crickets
Young scholars 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.
A Home for a Cricket
First graders build a habitat for crickets after studying animal survival needs. They care for and observe the crickets in the classroom habitat.
Crickets Guided Discovery
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.
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.
The Cricket and The Plant
Learners 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.
Scientific Method - An Organized Approach to Solving Problems
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.
Cricket: Print and Color
In this word recognition activity, students trace the word "cricket," write the word independently, and color the picture of the cricket.
In this collecting data learning exercise, 4th graders use the data collected on crickets chirps and the temperature to make a line graph by following 4 directives.
Let's Observe Scientifically
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.
Learners study characteristics of crickets. In this cricket lesson, students complete the associated worksheets either independently or with the teacher. They answer the questions independently.
Investigating Crickets and Their Body Parts
Second graders investigate the body of a cricket. In this biology lesson students use tools to gain information about the insect the cricket. Students observe and identify features and describe how these features help the cricket live in its environment. They draw and label the 7 body parts of the cricket.
The Effect of Temperature on Cricket Chirping
Students 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.
Cricket Wing Diagram
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.
Beyond Island Hopping
Students explore the ideas of Island Biogeography by using a baby pool to look at specie survival sing crickets. They make hypothesis and observations about the size of the species and the islands which are recorded in a notebook. They also record times it takes the cricket to move from one sand island to the other.
Observing a Cricket
Students make observations using tools including hand lenses, balances, cups, and bowls.
Boy Cricket Girl Cricket
First graders differentiate between (adult) male and female crickets through observations, counts, and drawings of crickets.
Algebra II: Crickets-Nature's Thermometer
Students translate functional relationships into equations to answer questions. Students answer questions using different representations of the relationships: function rules, graphs of the function, tables of values, and equations and graphs of the inverse functions.
Survival of the Sneakiest
In this natural selection learning exercise, students read a cartoon about cricket mating that explains natural selection, fitness and evolution. They answer four questions about each of these topics.