Reflection: Real World Applications Insect or Not? - Section 2: Independent Practice


In later lessons, I take my students out to find macroinveretbrates at the stream site. Because I know they will be looking at live specimen in the field, I want to make sure that the pictures I use match what students will actually see in their field study experience(s). In order to make the insect sorting activity relevant for students, it is crucial that the pictures of insects and macroinvertebrates that you choose to use are appropriate for your geographic region. Native insect and macroinvertebrate species vary widely by region. Additional pictures of macroinvertebrates can be found here. By providing pictures of native species, you will be creating an authentic learning experience for children and will connect their learning to real world applications.  This will also help students to build a personal connection to the natural environment around them.


  Choosing Insects for the Student Tasks
  Real World Applications: Choosing Insects for the Student Tasks
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Insect or Not?

Unit 5: Macroinvertebrates
Lesson 2 of 6

Objective: SWBAT determine which benthic macroinvertebrates can be classified as insects based on their external body structures.

Big Idea: Some macroinvertebrates are insects and they all share characteristics that set them apart from non-insect macroinvertebrates.

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Science, Environmental Education, observations, insects, Streams, benthic macroinvertebrates
  50 minutes
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