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Lesson Plans - April

Little Me In A Big World

Over a three or four day period while looking at obstacles that humans and insects encounter, students will predict, observe and record strategies to overcome them using discussions, role play, and charts.

Learning in Cockroaches

To see, if by providing a positive stimulus, students can detect learning in cockroaches. A secondary purpose is to provide students with the opportunity to carefully observe and work with an insect they normally find offensive. Thus students will develop a keener appreciation of the complexities of experimental design and of animal life.

Insects We Love and Hate

This lesson is about insects rather than parasites, but it teaches students about some insect parasites (e.g., mosquitoes and lice) as well as about insects in general. Students will see pictures of insects that bite and sting, and others of insects that don’t bother people. They will classify insects into “likeable” and “not-so-likeable” categories and draw pictures of insects that people like and don’t like.

Insects at Home

identify characteristics that allow members of a species to survive.

1. compare adaptive characteristics of species

Insect Survival – camouflage

The student will draw conclusions regarding the advantages of camouflage in nature; the student will also observe the consequences of environmental alteration, whether natural or man made, and the process of natural selection