Purpose: At the end of this activity the student will have
searched their house and surrounding neighborhood for insects.
The students will complete a chart that will help the students
organize the name, physical description, location where found,
and any unique characteristics of the insect. The students will
share their findings with the class. The time of this activity
will primarily be based on the amount of time the students decide
to devote to the activity.
TEKS: Fourth Grade Science
(8) Adaptations Increase Survival of Members of a Species
a. identify characteristics that allow members of a species to survive.
Motivate! : The teacher will ask students how often they
see insects at their home, or in their neighborhood. Do the students
see insects once a day, 5 times a day, never? Do you think you
would see more insects in your home and neighborhood if you actually
looked for them?
Concept Discovery: This portion of the lesson will occur
on the next day of class. The teacher will ask students to share
what insects they found. Was it difficult to find insects? Where
did you find the most insects? Where did you have trouble finding
insects? What factors do you think helped determine the number
of insects you found? Did you see more insects inside or outside
your house? Why do you think you found the insects where they
were found? The teacher will then explain how the insects are
found in different locations for a reason; this begins to tie
into the topic of habitat.
Going Further: The students could continue to search for
insects throughout the year during different seasons and different
weather patterns. The student can record his/her observations
and chart what insects can be found during the different seasons,
as well as what insects are adapted to survive during different
types of weather.
Closure: Through this activity students have increased
awareness about the insect life within their home region. Students
can now be on the lookout for various organisms and how they are
found in everyday living.
Assessment: Students will be assessed based on the information
they were able to include in their written chart. If students
complete their chart with detailed information that shows a students
depth of analysis when investigating insects in the home, then
it will be possible to discern that they have mastered the assignment.