"Habitat Collage"

Overview:

Familiarize the students to different habitats, and the insects that are found in each one. In a two-day activity broken into an hour each day, the kindergartners will put together a collage of habitats in which insects are found.

Purpose: (Objective)

The students will be able to have certain knowledge of where certain insects can be found.

TEKS:
(2) Scientific Inquiry: Classroom and Field
a. ask questions
b. plan and conduct simple descriptive investigations
e. communicate findings
(3) Critical Thinking and Decision Making
a. make decisions using information
(4) Tools
a. use senses as tools of observation
(9) Living Organisms-Basic Needs
a. identify basic needs of organisms
b. identify ways Earth provides resources for life

Materials:

Phonebook flowers, grass, construction paper, butcher paper, markers, crayons

Getting Ready: (Background Information)

Insects live in different habitats. A lot of the times you can go to a certain habitat and find certain insects, and then go back the following year and find a whole other collection of insects. However, as students will learn, just as we need certain things to survive, insects also need certain things to survive. To prepare yourself, investigate certain areas around the school in which to take the students to observe. Make sure the area is safe for the students. Pick certain things that are found in the environment, like flowers, grass, leaves, etc. These things should be things that can be dried and easy to glue. Place these things in a phone book for a few days in order to dray out. Then, on butcher paper make a rough sketch of the area to be observed. This will be the beginning of the collage in which the students will complete.

Motivate: (Engage)

Begin by having a smaLl discussion on what they had for breakfast that morning. Then, discuss how breakfast is important, and bring in what other things are important for our survival. From there begin with the discussion of what they think insects need to live and how where they are found has to do with their survival.

Next, take them outside to the area for observation. Have them take paper and pencil to draw what they see. Instruct them to observe the insects and their habitats. Draw a picture of each insect and where they found them. Let them observe for the hour. Videotape if possible for further investigation.

Activity: (Explore)

The students will now use the pictures and observations to make the collage with the teacher's help. On this rough sketch of the area drawn the students will put together the rest of the environment using the flowers, grass, etc. whatever they need for the insects they saw, and their habitat. At this time they will also draw the insects they saw in the habitats that they found them. Let the collage dry and place it in the cafeteria for the school to see.

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Concept Discovery: (Explanation)

This activity will help the students learn about what insects need in order to survive through observation. They will then in turn take this observation into the classroom and explore on it by making the collage. As they make the collage you can discuss with them, as you help them, why bees are found around flowers, or why you find grasshoppers in open fields, any information that will help them understand insect survival more. Books about insects will provide vast amount of information.

Going Further: ( Elaboration)

In extending the activity a teacher can go into a further discussion and relate it back to our everyday lives, such as our homes, food, clothing, etc. Allow the students to grow an appreciation for insects, and learn how valuable they are in our world.

Closure:

In bringing the lesson to a close, look at the collage as a whole and have a short discussion on what they see. Then, as a class go and hang it up for the school to observe and learn as well.

Assessment: (Evaluation)

The assessment will begin when the students go out and observe. The rubric is as follows:

GreatWork3: The students observed, drew pictures, had a vast amount of interest, and did their part in the collage.
Good Work2: The students observed. did not draw pictures, hardly participated in making the collage.
What Happened1: Hardly observed, did not draw pictures, no interest, and did not take part in the collage activity.

Connections: (Integration with other Content Areas)

Art: The collage activity is or can be a part of a science and art, as the collage is part of art and the observation is a part of science
Mathematics: Measure out an area and measure the amount of insects found in that measured area. Take a measurement in different areas and/or dfflerent temperatures.

TEKS:
(11) Measurement: The student uses time and temperature to compare and order events, situations, and/or objects:
The student is expected to:
(a) Compare situations in objects according to temperature such as hotter or colder.
Language Arts: Continue with the insect journal. If advanced enough in writing have them write a critique on the adventure.
Social studies: Relate the survival of insects and how they are found on our Earth to our everyday lives.


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