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What subject area are you Life Sciences - “Invent an Insect”

teaching? https://www.calacademy.org/educators/lesson-plans/invent-an-insect

Content Standards: 3-LS2-1. Construct an argument that some animals form groups that help members
What content standards survive.
does this lesson address? 3-LS4-3. Construct an argument with evidence that in a particular habitat some
organisms can survive well, some survive less well, and some cannot survive at all.
3-LS4-4. Make a claim about the merit of a solution to a problem caused when the
environment changes and the types of plants and animals that live there may change.*
3-LS3-2. Use evidence to support the explanation that traits can be influenced by the
3-LS4-2. Use evidence to construct an explanation for how the variations in
characteristics among individuals of the same species may provide advantages in
surviving, finding mates, and reproducing.

Objectives: Students will be able to…

What are the specific -recognize what makes an insect by identifying the common structures and characteristics
learning objectives you of insects
want students to be able to -Explore examples of insect adaptations and infer how they fit the insect’s habitat or
do or learn? lifestyle
“At the end of the lesson -Work collaboratively to create their own insect that lives within a given habitat
students will be able to…” -Create a Google Slide presentation of their insect and the habitat
-Present their Google Slide presentation to the class

Technology Standards: Multimedia & Presentation Tools

What technology Standards
are you incorporating? W6: Create, Edit, and format text on a slide
W6: Create a series of slides and organize them to present research or convey an idea
W 6, SL 5: Copy and paste or import graphics; change their size and position on a slide
W 6, W 10, SL 3: Create projects that use text and various forms of graphics, audio, and
video to communicate ideas

Materials: -Invent an insect worksheet

List of resources, articles or https://www.calacademy.org/sites/default/files/assets/docs/pdf/237_inventaninsectsheet_r
manipulatives you need. edesign.pdf
This helps you organize -Insect Diagram Worksheet
everything prior to the https://www.calacademy.org/sites/default/files/assets/docs/pdf/237_insectdiagram_refres
lesson. h.pdf
-Set of Habitat Cards
-Arthropods Handout (optional)
-Pencils/ erasers
-Colored pencils/ paper
-Anchor chart of key terms
-Computers (when making the Google Slide Presentation)
-Rubric/ Instructions
How will you introduce the ● What is an insect? I will discuss as my class what makes an insect. I will go over the
content or engage students anchor chart with key definitions I will use the PDF Arthropods (in a Google Slides
in inquiry? presentation) to show different arthropods, including insects, as examples or to help
How will you engage students distinguish between insects and arthropods.
students in the lesson?
● I will pass out one Insect Anatomy Pass and one Insect Diagram handout for each
student. I will have students work in pairs to try to fill out the sheets first, then have a
class discussion about what each part is and what they think it does.

● I will introduce the adaptation essential question: “How can there be so many
similarities among living things, yet so many different species of plants and
animals?” As a class, we will discuss and define the term “adaptation,” again
referring to the anchor chart and Google Slide presentation on arthropods.

Taken from https://www.calacademy.org/educators/lesson-plans/invent-an-insect

Activity: DAY ONE:

What will students be
doing? I will divide my class into small work groups of four students each and provide each
group with an Insect Habitat Card and a set of art supplies. Each student will need an
How will the technology be Invent an Insect worksheet.
incorporated into the
Then I will present the rules of the activity:
How do you think the
technology enhances the -Invented insects must be suited for the habitat described on your group’s Insect Habitat
lesson or transforms the Card and must eat at least one of the food sources listed.
lesson? Why?
-Invented insects should be grounded in reality (insects can’t make jet packs to fly
around) and have the same body parts as real insects.

-Have fun and be creative!

-Don’t forget to give your insect a name.

Taken from https://www.calacademy.org/educators/lesson-plans/invent-an-insect


Students will gather in their groups and create a Google Slide Presentation to showcase
their insect. It must include the following slides:
-Title slide with the insect name, a picture of the insect, and the group members
-An introduction slide explaining the difference between insects and arthropods
-A slide that describes the habitat (based on the Insect Habitat Card)
-A slide showing the image of the insect showing the three distinct body parts
(labeled) - the head, thorax, and abdomen
-Two slides explaining how your group came up with that insect (i.e. how did you
choose the body parts, and its characteristics)

(Technology enhances this lesson by creating an interdisciplinary platform in which a

basic science lesson can be modified to incorporate the technology standards. By
incorporating the Google Slides activity, students are getting experience with Google
Slides as a medium for expressing their knowledge, and they are embracing collaboration
and compromise through that process. Finally, the technology component allows students
to present their creation that otherwise would have just been submitted as an assignment.
Students get to show of their innovation and creativity to the rest of the class. )


Students will get 15 minutes to practice presenting their Google Slideshows as a group
(i.e. who presents what). Then the students will get up in front of the class and present
their insect.

How will you wrap-up the 1. As a class discuss how each groups’ insect was similar and different. Did any two
lesson and summarize have similar adaptations? Did any two have similar habitats, but different
student learning and major adaptations?
student takeaways?
2. Reflect and try to answer the essential question: “How can there be so many
similarities among living things, yet so many different species of plants and

Taken from https://www.calacademy.org/educators/lesson-plans/invent-an-insect

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