Lesson Plan

Insects, insects, insects!

Students will be introduced to a variety of insects. They will explore insects needs, wants, and haves. The teacher will be the only person to have an iPad and they will mirror the content onto a projector.
Kayleigh W.
Classroom teacher
San Onofre Elementary School
San Clemente, CA
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My Grades K
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts, Health & Wellness
Objectives

Students will be able to...

-Identify that insects need food and water to survive

-Identify the parts of an insect

-Identify different types of insects

-Students will be able to comparisons of insects versus animals and people

Subjects
Science
Grades K
All Notes
Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Hook/Attention Getter

Activity: Conversing

This portion of the lesson will take between 5-10 minutes.  Prior to instruction the teacher will create an insect anchor chart, created in the shape of a ladybug sitting on a leaf.   The headings on your anchor chart  are:  Have, Need, Can, Are.  Hang the large anchor chart and start a discussion with the students:

Teacher- "Today we are going to learn about insects! A ladybug is an insect, can you think of any other insects?   What do you know about insects?"

-As students share their prior knowledge write down their answers and put it under schema (leaf) on the anchor chart.  Even if they are wrong put it on the schema, at the end of the lesson these will be addressed.

Student Instructions

Students will be sitting on the carpet during this whole group portion of the lesson, they will be facing the ladybug anchor chart.  Due to time restraints every student might not be able to share their schema with the class, if that happens allow students to share with their elbow partners on the carpet.

2 Direct Instruction

This portion of the lesson will take between 15-25 minutes. Introduce insects by showing students the YouTube video:  What is An Insect? on the iPad.

After you have viewed the video ask the students the following questions and fill in your anchor chart:

-What do insects have?

-What do insects need?

-What can insects do?

-What are insects?

Next students will listen to Insects: Six Legged Animals on MyOn on the iPad.  After the students have listened to the informational text ask the students the following questions and fill in your anchor chart:

-What do insects have?

-What do insects need?

-What can insects do?

-What are insects?

Next explore Insecthunter's Instagram account on the iPad and make observations about the insects they have photographed.  Discuss the types of insects being identified and continue to fill in the anchor chart.

-What do insects have?

-What do insects need?

-What can insects do?

-What are insects?

Student Instructions

Video:  Students will be on the carpet making observations and connections while watching the video.  Following the video, students will share their answers to the following questions:

-What do insects have?

-What do insects need?

-What can insects do?

-What are insects?

MyOn:  

Students will be on the carpet making observations and connections while watching the book being read.  Following the book, students will share their answers to the following questions:

-What do insects have?

-What do insects need?

-What can insects do?

-What are insects?

Instagram:  Students will be on the carpet making observations and connections while viewing each picture.  Students will be able to Think-Pair-Share during our discussion with their elbow partners.  Following the pictures, students will share their answers to the following questions:

-What do insects have?

-What do insects need?

-What can insects do?

-What are insects?

 

3 Guided Practice

Activity: Exploring

This portion of the lesson will take 10-15 minutes.  

Materials:  5 pictures of insects and 5 pictures of animals for each group in the class.

Students will work in groups of 2-4 and sort pictures on insects and other animals.  Once they have sorted their pictures they will discuss why each picture is either an insect or not an insect.   The teacher will circulate throughout the room and prompt students to explain their reasoning for their sort.

Student Instructions

Students will work in groups of 2-4 and sort pictures on insects and other animals.  Once they have sorted their pictures they will discuss why each picture is either an insect or not an insect.

At the end of guided practice each group will present their sort and justify their selections.

4 Independent Practice

Activity: Drawing

This portion of the lesson will last 10-15 minutes.

Teachers will provide students with paper, pencils, and crayons.  The teacher will instruct students that they will be drawing a picture of their favorite insect and writing a sentence that tells us what that insect is, how many legs it has, and what it can do.  As the teacher passes out the paper the students will tell him/her what they are going to draw.

Student Instructions

Students will draw a picture of an insect and write a sentence about the insect using the sentence frame:

My insect is a __________.  It has ______ legs.  It can __________.

5 Wrap Up

Activity: Conversing

This portion of the lesson will take 5-10 minutes.

Revisit the anchor chart, review what insects have, need, can, and are.  Ask the students if anything in their schema was wrong.  If there was, ask them to give you the correct fact.  Once you have review your chart make connections and comparisons.

What do insects need that plants need?  That people need?  That animals need?

What do insects have that animals have?  That people have?

What can insects do that animals can do?  That people can do?

 

Student Instructions

Students will be on the carpet making observations and connections.  Students will be able to Think-Pair-Share during our discussion with their elbow partners.  Select students will be able to share with the class.