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Entomology Teacher Resources
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Students are introduced to classification and some of the difficulties surrounding classification and how classification systems need to be able to adapt and how they may need to be changed when new information is discovered. They practice using their observation skills, collecting data, and re-work their orginal design.
Middle schoolers participate in an interactive lesson using the scientific method to study biodiversity. For this insect monitoring lesson, students simulate the layers of soil and the insects that would live there. Middle schoolers design parameters to collect insects and a research timeframe. Students create a graph of the species found.
Students recognize the difference between insects and bugs while making connections to personal experiences. In this insect and bug lesson, students complete a pre-assessment to demonstrate prior knowledge, then gather information regarding insects and bugs and learn new vocabulary that relates to the classification of bugs and insects.
Students view pictures of ladybugs and discuss the word "entomologist." In this entomology lesson, students review information about ladybugs, researching an assigned topic in small groups. Students complete a "look what I learned worksheet," present to the class and complete a paragraph explaining why a ladybug is unique.
Students identify numerous insects and their body parts. In this insect life lesson, students practice using scientific vocabulary while comparing the different parts of spiders and insects. Students view several videos discussing the life cycles of butterflies and self defense mechanisms used by small insects.
Second graders distinguish between helpful and harmful insects. In this insect biology lesson, 2nd graders study the characteristics of various species of insects. Students categorize insects into "good bugs" and "bad bugs" based on their effect on the plants and crops they interact with. Students discuss ways farmers can reduce or eliminate the effects of "bad bugs" on their plants and crops.
Students investigate the environment by participating in a class trip. In this pond ecosystem lesson, students define a list of vocabulary terms associated with ponds such as invertebrate and metamorphosis. Students attend a field trip to a pond with their classmates in which they take samples and make observations of the ecosystem in their science journals.
First graders study animal adaptations and how the animals rely on plants. For this garden organisms lesson, 1st graders review terms for animal organisms and their body parts. Students then complete an observation experiment of animal organisms and they ways they have adapted body parts to their habitats.