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Use Meet the Insects: Forest Edition as an instructional supplement for a unit about animals. Have kids work in small groups to read the chapters in the Insect Story section, stopping to discuss each chapter as a class. If possible, take kids outside to look for and identify forest insects. Kids can use the Observation Journal to record their findings. It could be fun to use the app as a resource for a class project. Have kids work in groups of three or four to create a digital slideshow presentation showing what they learned in the See Insects section.Continue reading Show less
Meet the Insects: Forest Edition is an interactive digital resource that teaches kids about several forest-dwelling insects. The app is organized into five main areas: Multimedia, Insect Story, Observation Journal, See Insects, and Quiz. The Multimedia section includes brief videos and photographs of insects, giving kids a close-up view into the behaviors of these interesting animals. The Insect Stories section is a narrated, animated chapter book with topics including classification, life cycles, and characteristics of forest insects. The Observation Journal includes a section for kids to enter written observations and a section for them to view their entries. The See Insects section includes more detailed information about the three main groups of forest insects, and the Quiz section offers kids an opportunity to test their knowledge.
The app does an excellent job of teaching with a mix of basic content, fun facts, beautiful graphics, and video resources. Kids can learn about the classification, characteristics, habitats, life cycles, and behaviors of forest-dwelling insects. Three orders of insects are discussed, including order Coleoptera, order Lepidoptera, and order Hemiptera. Within each order, kids can learn details and fun facts about specific insects that belong to that group. Videos and photographs show the behavior of insects, and a digital journal allows kids to take notes about any insects they encounter in nature. Kids can take either a true/false quiz or a photo identification quiz to test their knowledge.
Key Standards Supported
Reading Informational Text
With prompting and support, read informational texts appropriately complex for grade 1.
By the end of year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, in the grades 2–3 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
By the end of the year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grades 2–3 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
By the end of year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, in the grades 4–5 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
By the end of the year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grades 4–5 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
Key Standards Supported
Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
Make observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats.
From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction.