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Insect Inquiry Unit

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Jamie Kriewaldt

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Insect Inquiry Unit
by Jamie Kriewaldt

Anchor Texts
What does it mean to Synthesize?
Let's make some anchor charts to help us through this process
Week 7 and 8: Time to Go Public
Insect Inquiry Unit
Week 1 - Continue Immersion Process
Closing Activity for Week 1 :
Immersion View and Read to Learn and Wonder
Week 2 and 3: Time to Investigate
Opening Activity: Practicing Inferencing
Insect Jigsaw Activity
Week 6: Become a Specialist and Coalesce
Synthesizing and Being a Resource Critic
Final Project Samples
Time to Journal
Student Goals:
The student can name the three main parts of an insect: head, thorax, and abdomen.
The student can communicate observations of the structure and behavior of insects in words and drawings through literacy based activities.
The student can tell about the basic needs of living insects: air, food, water, and space.
The student can read, observe, and write about the life cycle of a variety of insects.
The student can compare and contrast the structure and behavior of a variety of insects through the inquiry process.
The student can read and tell about complete metamorphosis and incomplete metamorphosis.
The student can use insect vocabulary to read, discuss, and write about a variety of insects.
Step 1: Read Aloud: Bugs for Lunch by Margery Falklam (ISBN-10: 0881062723)

(Interactive read aloud. Also read in spanish!)
Week 1 : Immerse: A Time to Wonder and Ask Questions
Bugs for Lunch
by Margery Falklam (ISBN-10: 0881062723)

Bugs are Insects

by Anne Rockwell (ISBN-10: 0064452034)

The Very Clumsy Click Beetle
by Eric Carle (ISBN-10: 039923201X)

From Mealworm to Beetle
by Laura Purdie Salas (ISBN-10: 1404849254)

Time for Kids Bigger Picture Edition: Spiders

by Margaret Hall (ISBN-10: 0736869042)

Other Anchor Text Suggestions:

by Robin Bernard (ISBN-10: 0792266706)
Butterflies and Moths

by James P. Rowan (ISBN-10: 0516416928)
The Very Hungry Caterpillar

(ISBN-10: 0399226907)
The Very Lonely Firefly

(ISBN-10: 0399234276)
The Very Quiet Cricket

(ISBN-10: 0399226842)
all by Eric Carle


This insect unit provides students an opportunity to connect prior knowledge about insects and the diverse world of animal forms with new learning through the inquiry process. Students will have the opportunity to learn about a variety of insect types, insect life cycles, insect habitats, insect structures, and insect behaviors throughout the inquiry process. This unit has a variety of literacy components including read alouds, computer based learning, student journaling, independent reading and research activities, and insect vocabulary knowledge. Through the process of inquiry and integration of reading and language arts skills, students will develop a curiosity for insects and a respect for them as living things.
Essential Questions:

What do insects need to survive?
What are the most important things to remember when working with live insects?
How do different insects grow and change?
What are the structures and behaviors of a variety of insect life cycle stages?
How do insects begin their life?
Do all insects have the same life cycle stages?
How are adult insects the same and how are they different?
Do larvae have the same body parts as adult insects: head, thorax, and abdomen?
Stages of Inquiry and Literacy Processes:

Week 1: Comprehension and Building Background Knowledge Activities


Invite curiosity, build background, find topics, and wonder

Week 2 and 3: Learning to Make Inferences

Develop questions, search for information, and discover answers

Week 4: Using our Knowledge to go Deeper and Become an Expert in a Topic
Intensify research, synthesize information, and build knowledge

Week 5 and 6: Becoming a Text Critic
Go Public:

Share learning, demonstrate understanding, take action
Step 2: Turn and Talk: After the reading, have student turn and talk about the different kinds of animals that eat bugs for lunch.

Share: What kinds of animals eat bugs?
Step 3: Read Aloud: Bugs are Insects by Anne Rockwell

Step 4: Turn and Talk: I wonder, is a spider an insect? Is a ladybug a bug? What do you think?
Share student ideas.
Voice only read aloud: You will need the book!
Introduce Student Journals:
Each student will have an "Insect Science Journal"
Each journal includes an Insect Word Wall followed by several pages of I Learned.... and I Wonder... journal pages
At the end of each day's session, students will journal new learning on one page and new wonders on another page
"Insect Record" page: This page is to be used during weeks 2 and 3 for student investigations and recording of learning specific to each investigation. I would suggest making a separate section for insect recording of each insect: mealworms, milkweed bugs, silkworms, and caterpillars.
Step 5: Show students the following video:

Step 6: Student Journaling Time (Next slide will provide more details on this activity.)

Step 1:
Read Aloud or Show Youtube video:
The Very Clumsy Click Beetle
(ISBN-10: 039923201X)
Step 2:
Read Aloud
From Mealworm to Beetle
by Laura Purdie Salas (ISBN-10: 1404849254)
Step 3:
Turn and Talk: What are you wondering about Mealworms and Beetles? Share wonders/learns
Step 4:
Show the following mealworm video:
Step 6:
Student Journaling
Lesson Guide:
Create a "What we Think we Know" vs "What we Learned" T-chart
Create "I Learned/I Wonder" Charts for student partner activity
Lesson Text: Time for Kids Bigger Picture Edition Spiders
Follow Steps listed below for Lesson 8: Primary Comprehension Tool Kit: Stehpanie Harvey
End with Student Journaling each day
Step 5:
Set up Mealworm Habitat and provide 3 mealworms for each student in a science vial
Teacher Plan:
Today students will learn how to do a jigsaw reading activity.
Lesson Steps:
Hang posters of the following insects in the room for students to view:
Tell students: "Today we are going to divide into four groups and do a reading activity to learn about a variety of different insects. I have some think sheets you will be using to help you record any new learning you might have about your insect. You will first read the text on your own and log new learning on your think sheet. You will then compare your learning to others in your group. Your group will then present what you learned about your insect to the whole group as we come together for share time at the end of our session today."
First I will model for you what this activity will look like:
Read the text: Mosquitoes by Margaret Hall
As you read the text to your students use post its to record new learning using an "L" for learning on your post it.
Put your post it on the page your found the new learning.
Share with excitement all the new learning you have about mosquitoes
Now its the students turn
Stage 1 Students:
Pick a topic
Bumble Bees
Grab a Think Sheet (Template Below)
Get some post-its
Get a pencil
Start reading
Record your learning
Stage 2 Students:
Share your learning with your group
Add new learning to your think sheets
Practice sharing
Have at least 4 things to share about your insect

Stage 3 Students:
Whole group share time
Groups will take turns sharing new learning about each insect
Teacher will listen and fill in precreated anchor charts for each insect
Post new learning by insect posters
Celebrate all the new learning!
Journal Sheets
Insect Investigation Recording Sheets
Week 3 -5 Investigation Station Ideas:
Station pictures will be added as I teach the unit!!!
Set up stations to view and investigate each of the following insects:
painted lady catapillars
milkweed bug eggs
What you will need:
mealworms from your local pet store
silkworm eggs or larva (can be ordered from Trans-Mississippi Biological Supply 1-800-544-5901)
painted lady eggs or larva (can be ordered from Trans-Mississippi Biological Supply 1-800-544-5901)
milkweed bug eggs (can be ordered from Trans-Mississippi Biological Supply 1-800-544-5901)
Recording Sheets for Stations
Station ideas:
setting up insect habitats
observe, feed, and record findings each day for each insect habitat
lifecycle recording sheets for each insect
observe and monitor behaviors for each insect life cycle stage
create observation whole class calendars to record daily observations
What you will need:
Teacher Copy of "Mosquitos" by Margaret Hall
Several copies of the following texts:
"Butterflies" by Fran Howard
"Crickets" by Margaret Hall
"Grasshoppers" by Margaret Hall
"Bumble Bees" by Fran Howard
Jigsaw think sheets
Anchor Chart Paper to enlarge think sheets
Poster size pictures of each insect or color copy of book covers to post on each anchor chart
pencils and post-its
What insect do you want to
become an expert about?

Browse your student journals
What are you still wondering?
What insect inspired you or made you think deeper?
What insect do you want to know more about?
Is there an insect you have not learned about that you are curious about?
Listen to your inner voice and dive deeper into your topic!!!
Find a friend with the same interest.
You will work with your friend to explore and become an expert about your insect of choice.
How to become an expert:

Read, read, read: students will read as much as they can about their topic and take notes while learning. (Model post it "I Learned" strategy as needed for student scaffolding)
Use the internet as a resource
Visit the library
Ask an expert
Watch videos
Observe your insect of choice if possible
Always ask yourself "What about this really matters?"
Check your sources for reliability "Is what I am reading or watching true?"

Let's take a closer look:
The Final Project:
Students will gather their insect information
Students will create a gigantic size poster detailing the information they gathered during the "Coalesce" process
Students will draw, paint, and label their posters
Students will present their poster and facts to the class
Must Haves:
Insect body parts and labels
Insect life cycle images and names for each stage
Insect diet and habitat
Description of life cycle stage behaviors and structures (similar to samples done in class)
Three interesting facts about the insect
Actual classroom pictures will be posted after I teach this unit!
Literacy Station Example
Charts to create during investigations:
Cricket: Christopher

Bumble Bee: Olivia, Jay Jay, Audrina

Grasshopper: Cole, Milena

Dragonflies: Madison, Aiden

Cicada: Brayden, Beau

Ladybug: Daigen, Chloe,

Ants: Harley, Aliyanna

Jewel Bug, Bomberdier Beetle, and Stink Bug: Jayla, Ayanna, Terrance

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