Reflection: Complex Tasks The Structures and Functions of Insects - Section 3: Explore:


Developing and using models is one of the science and engineering practices. Modeling is an integral part of science and engineering. A model, simply put is a stand-in for what it actually represents and it is used to help make sense of the world around us.  For example a cake recipe is a model for the actual cake.

Models are used by both scientists and engineers and are easily intertwined with our other SEPs. Scientists use models in their research to prove and communicate their explanations and theories. Engineers use them in their design plans to problem solve and share or revise ideas.

What do models look like in first grade? 

*Illustrations, diagrams, 3-D designs, paper structures, etc. (They are not art projects)

So how do I use models in first grade?

1. Start with a focus/inquiry question: Why do insects have these parts? How do these parts help it to survive?

2. Allow students to develop their models based on research, ideas or observations (These can be drawn illustrations).

3. Do some research: observation, investigation, books, websites, etc.

4. Evaluate/revise that model:  Allow students go back and make changes and/or edits to the model.

5. The BIG explanation!  - This is a time to clarify any misunderstandings through a discussion, read aloud, video or use of a model.

6. Allow students to revise again if needed.

7. Allow students to use their models to explain their findings.

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  Complex Tasks: Building Models
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The Structures and Functions of Insects

Unit 4: Unit 4: Biomimicry
Lesson 14 of 17

Objective: SWBAT identify the different structures and functions of insects.

Big Idea: Bugs! Bugs! Bugs! Did you know that insects do really cool things that engineers can use to create new stuff? Check out how first graders discover more about bugs and Biomimicry!

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Science, animal (Classification), observations, structure, function, animal
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