Meet the Insects: Water & Grass Edition could be used as a supplement to any relevant unit on animals, classification, or ecosystems. Kids can work in small groups to read the chapters in the Insect Story section. Discuss each chapter as a class and have kids write a 3-2-1 summary of all the chapters: 3 things they learned, 2 things they found most interesting, and 1 thing they still have a question about. If possible, take kids outside to look for -- and identify -- insects. Kids can use the Observation Journal to record their findings and take pictures using their devices.Continue reading Show less
Meet the Insects: Water & Grass Edition is a multimedia digital resource that teaches kids about water- and grass-dwelling insects. The homepage is organized into five main areas for kids to explore: Multimedia, Insect Story, Observation Journal, See Insects, and Quiz. The Multimedia section includes brief videos and photographs of different insects, giving kids a close-up view of behaviors like swimming, hiding from predators, and laying eggs. The videos are quite brief, but they seem to give just enough information to keep younger kids interested.
The Insect Stories section is a digital chapter book with topics including classification, life cycles, and characteristics of insects. Kids can listen to narration as they read text at the bottom of the screen. The Observation Journal includes a section for kids to enter written observations and upload photographs, and a section for them to draw pictures of their observations. The See Insects section includes more detailed information about the five main groups of water and grass insects, and the Quiz section offers kids an opportunity to test their knowledge by taking either a true/false quiz or a quiz in which they identify insects based on a photograph.
The app uses a variety of digital resources to teach kids about specific groups of insects. Kids can learn about classification, characteristics, habitats, life cycles, and behaviors. Five orders of insects are discussed, including order Hemiptera, order Coleoptera, order Odonata, order Hymenoptera, and order Mantodea. Kids can explore insects that are classified into each group, learning about their body structures, habitats, behavior, and more. Animations, videos, and photographs show the behavior of insects, and a digital journal allows kids to take notes and add pictures of insects they discover on their own. Kids can take a quiz to assess learning, and they receive instant feedback. However, kids can't save their scores, which means progress and improvement can't be tracked.
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.
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