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Students explore all the parts of an insects body and assess their specific functions. They review an extensive vocabulary list of terms and then relate the parts of an insect to those of a human being. Dragonfly Poetry is also taught within this lesson as well as an insect song.
Students observe the changes that occur during the growth and development of insects and frogs. In this life cycles lesson, students read a book, watch a video clip, and work collaboratively in small groups to identify the correct order to show the life cycle of a specified animal.
Young scholars simulate roles as concerned citizens who are discussing the wetland ecosystem of a pond. They role play as they research and discuss the affects that human actions such as development have on the biotic and abiotic life of the pond habitat. They use handheld computers to compile information.
Students identify and interpret the value of the dragonfly as a predator of the mosquito. They create their own folktales using the dragonfly or a creature of their choice to solve the malaria problem or another issue. Students also create a story-line map and fill it in with details of one of the stories read in class. Finally, they write and illustrate their stories.
Students learn how to identify which species of dragonflies or butterflies are found in their County by learning to read the Odonata or Lepidoptera checklist to find the scientific names; they also search field guides and the Internet for (1) the common name (2) description (3) life habits and (4) a photograph. The findings can be published as a poster, a book, or a bulletin board display.