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Field Guide to Schoolyard Insects and Their Relatives

This Field Guide to Schoolyard Insects and Their Relatives lesson plan also includes:

Your entire class works together to create an illustrated insect field guide. The intent is that they venture outside of the classroom, find a critter, and then research it using reference materials, insect books, and the Internet for information. This would be a neat culminating activity for an insect unit.

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Pros
  • Involves getting outdoors and examining insects in their natural habitats
  • Integrates art with science
  • A printable observation sheet is provided to hand out to explorers
Cons
  • If you have a large class, chances are that during an outing, individuals will not all find a unique bug; you may need to simply assign a variety from a prepared list
  • Written for middle schoolers; however, it may be more appropriate for upper-elementary children