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Insect Lesson, Photos, Resources, & Extension Activities. Let’s Get Buggy. Did you know that insects are oviparous?. Insects lay their eggs in many different places. Some lay them on leaves or underground. Did you know that insects have three main body parts?.

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Insect Lesson, Photos, Resources, & Extension Activities

Let’s Get Buggy


Did you know that insects are oviparous?

  • Insects lay their eggs in many different places. Some lay them on leaves or underground.


Did you know that insects have three main body parts?

  • An insect has a head, thorax and abdomen.


Did you know that insects have compound and simple eyes?

  • Each compound eye can have as many 2- 30,000 different lenses to see out of.

  • Simple eyes don’t have lots of lenses covering their surface.


Did you know that insects have an exoskeleton?

  • An exoskeleton is a protective outer covering that protects an insect’s body.


Did you know that insects have antennae?

  • They use their antennae to smell and feel.


Did you know that insects have six legs?

  • All adult insects have six legs that are attached to their thorax.


Did you know that most insects have wings?

  • Most insects have wings. Wings come in pairs, 2 or 4. Most adult insects have 2 pairs of wings, but some only have 1 pair. Some insects don’t have any wings at all.


Did you know that insects have different ways of protecting themselves?

  • Insects protect themselves in many ways. Some insects camouflage themselves to hide from predators. Some insects taste bad, some bite and some are able to get away really quickly.


Did you know that there are an estimated 35,000 to 40,000 insects that live in Arkansas?

  • 10,000 species of beetles

  • Around 9,000 species of flies

  • Nearly 8,000 species of bees and wasps

  • Around 5,000 species of moths and butterflies

  • The rest are made up of bristletales, mayflies, dragonflies, and damselflies, cockroaches, mantids, termites, stoneflies, grasshoppers and crickets, earwigs, stick insects, etc.

  • It is still not uncommon to find a species in Arkansas that are unnamed and new to the scientific world.


Lesson: Collage from Nature

Steps to Follow

Select an insect (photo or bug replica)

Gather your materials

Either sketch the insect on your board or begin laying down your materials to form the insects body and parts.

Using glue, attach your parts securely to the board


Extensions


Extensions: ArtWatercolor Insects

Each student should pick an insect and draw it big on their paper, then draw a circle underneath it. This will introduce overlapping to them with the insect’s wings overlapping the circle. Then, look at examples of close up photos to see how things run off the edge or get cut off. The petals of the flower should run off the paper.

 After the student finishes the drawing they can add dots on the flower center and lines on the petals with oil pastels.

 Set out cool colors for the first painting session. Students can paint only the INSECT and SKY during this class period.

 Wet on wet watercolor technique. They should paint everything with water first , then paint the edges with two watercolors and let them bleed or run together in the center forming a lighter value.

 The next art period, paint the flower with warm watercolors.


Extensions: ArtA Bug’s Life—Take a few minutes and create an artwork from a bug’s point of view.

In art class encourage students to look at the world in a new way. For this project have them create a landscape from a bug's point of view.

 Encourage them to be creative. Some students may want to use dialogue!

 Have them consider the use of scale when drawing their bugs and the bug's surroundings (picnic table, grass, indoors, outdoors, etc.)

 Media: Students will explore the technique of using crayon and watercolor paint resist. 


Extensions: 3-D ArtCreate an insect sculpture from objects found in nature.


Extensions: Descriptive WritingI don’t mean to “bug” you, but you might think about taking a few minutes to reflect about your artwork.

 What materials did you use?

 Think about the bug you chose.  Why did you select it?

 What does it’s habitat look like.

 What does it need to survive?

 What elements do you see—Lines, shapes, colors, and textures?


Extensions: Creative WritingI don’t mean to “bug” you, but you might think about taking a few minutes to do some writing and illustrations.

 There was much excitement in the entomological world when a new order of insects was found this year.

 You’re an entomologist and you have just discovered a new insect. Write about what it looks like, where it lives (habitat), what does it eat?

 What will you name your new insect?


Extensions: Science (GT) 3rd & 4thDissect a Grasshopper—

 You could do a unit in your gifted program about entomology. I do this every year with my 3rd and 4th grade students. At the end of our unit, we dissected grasshoppers and students learned how to either use or advance their skills with the digital microscope.

 This year each student selected an insect. They created a new insect using at least one part form each of their bugs. One student drew the insect, they calculated the speed of their bug by averaging insects speeds, studied simple circuits, added lights and entered it in the Math Carnival. We won 2nd Place.


Resources


Christopher Marley’s Insect Art


Resources

Insect Sounds - http://www.naturesongs.com/insects.html

Wings, Stings, and Leggy Things - http://dnr.state.il.us/education/classrm/wingleg/wingsstings.pdf

  • BugBios from Insects.org - http://www.insects.org/

  • Smithsonian - http://www.si.edu/Encyclopedia_SI/nmnh/buginfo/start.htm


Resources

Jerrie Cheek's Insects Hotlistshttp://edtech.kennesaw.edu/web/insects.html

Amazing Insects from Koday's Kidshttp://www.district96.k12.il.us/IH/4th/kkhp/1insects/bugmenu.html

  • Insects Hotlist from Franklin Institute Onlinehttp://www.fi.edu/learn/hotlists/insects.php

  • Insects from KidInfohttp://www.kidinfo.com/Science/insects.html


Resources

Insects at Enchanted Learning http://www.enchantedlearning.com/themes/insects.shtml

Wings, Stings, and Leggy Things - http://dnr.state.il.us/education/classrm/wingleg/wingsstings.pdf

  • Sci4Kids - http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/kids/insects/insectintro.htm

  • Bug Facts - http://www.burgepest.com/ants.html


Resources

Welcome to the Wonderful World of Insectshttp://www.earthlife.net/insects/six.html

Insect Trivia http://www.uky.edu/Ag/Entomology/ythfacts/bugfun/trivia.htm

  • Your Animal Adventure Starts Here http://kids.sandiegozoo.org/animals/insects

  • Power Points http://animals.pppst.com/insects.html


Resources

  • Compound Eyes http://www.microscopy-uk.org.uk/mag/indexmag.html?http://www.microscopy-uk.org.uk/mag/artapr00/inseye.html

  • Christopher Marley http://www.pheromonedesign.com/catalog/10-Mosaics

  • List of North American Insects. Note: It lists spiders as well. You may need to point out to children that spiders are not insects. http://www.insectidentification.org/insect-identification.asp


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