Insects: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

This Insects: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly unit also includes:

What would the world be like with no insects? Ponder this question using a research-based STEM unit that encourages scholars to investigate insects from both a beneficial and hazardous perspective. They learn about insect behaviors, anatomy, taxonomy, and ecological importance. The unit stresses the scientific method through experiments and a final project presentation.  

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CCSS: Designed
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Invite an entomologist to speak to your class
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires prior knowledge of research methods, word processing, slideshows, and spreadsheets
  • Carefully consider the group assignments to reduce conflict
Pros

  • Includes links to mobile apps that align with the curriculum
  • Offers many ideas for differentiating the unit for resource students, gifted pupils, and ELLs
  • Provides rubrics and samples of each step in the research process
Cons

  • None