Insects introduces students to the cricket and the ant. Students create habitats for these insects in their classroom. Students then investigate the cricket’s and ant’s home, food, preferences, body structure, and life cycle. Students identify the body parts necessary for an animal to be an insect and classify animals based on their characteristics. The skills of observing, discussing, describing, predicting, comparing, and classifying are used throughout the unit. This collection is available as downloadable PDFs, but portions of the content are found in wiki format (see WIKI Learning Experiences and Resources) which can be edited or built up with other materials on the same topic by members of the Curriki community. More About CABOCES Welcome to the Math, Science, and Technology Department (MST) of Cattaraugus Allegany Board of Cooperative Educational Services (CA BOCES). As a department of Instructional Support Services (ISS), we provide Math, Science, and Technology kits along with support services to meet the needs of the individual districts in Classroom plants introduces elementary students to the life cycle of plants through observing, growing, and caring for common plants under a variety of conditions. Opportunities are provided for plants to be grown from seeds, cuttings, and roots. Contact Information BOCES Teaching & Learning Center @ Allegany Math, Science, Technology & Health Dept. 80 N Fourth St, Third Floor Allegany, NY 14706 Phone: (716)-376-8272; Fax: (716)-372-0621 http://www.caboces.org http://www.mstkits.org http://www.nyreal.org


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Education Levels:

  • Grade 1
  • Grade 2
  • K


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SCI.K-4.4.L1.1a: Science

Animals need air, water, and food in order to live and thrive.

SCI.K-4.4.L2.2a: Science

Plants and animals closely resemble their parents and other individuals in their species.

SCI.K-4.4.L3.1a.1: Science

wings, legs, or fins enable some animals to seek shelter and escape predators the mouth, including teeth, jaws, and tongue, enables some animals to eat and drink

SCI.K-4.4.L3.1a.2: Science

the mouth, including teeth, jaws, and tongue, enables some animals to eat and drink

SCI.K-4.4.L3.1a.3: Science

eyes, nose, ears, tongue, and skin of some animals enable the animals to sense their surroundings

SCI.K-4.4.L3.1a.4: Science

claws, shells, spines, feathers, fur, scales, and color of body covering enable some animals to protect themselves from predators and other environmental conditions, or enable them to obtain food

SCI.K-4.4.L3.1a.5: Science

some animals have parts that are used to produce sounds and smells to help the animal meet its needs

SCI.K-4.4.L3.1a.6: Science

the characteristics of some animals change as seasonal conditions change (e.g. , fur grows and is shed to help regulate body heat; body fat is a form of stored energy and it changes as the seasons change)

SCI.K-4.4.L3.2a: Science

Individuals within a species may compete with each other for food, mates, space, water, and shelter in their environment.

SCI.K-4.4.L3.2b: Science

All individuals have variations, and because of these variations, individuals of a species may have an advantage in surviving and reproducing.

SCI.K-4.4.L4.1a: Science

Plants and animals have life cycles. These may include beginning of a life, development into an adult, reproduction as an adult, and eventually death.

SCI.K-4.4.L4.1b: Science

Each kind of plant goes through its own stages of growth and development that may include seed, young plant, and mature plant.

SCI.K-4.4.L4.1c: Science

The length of time from beginning of development to death of the plant is called its life span.

SCI.K-4.4.L4.2b: Science

Food supplies the energy and materials necessary for growth and repair.

SMT.PK-6.4.L1.1: Math, Science and Technology

describe the characteristics of and variations between living and nonliving things.

SMT.PK-6.4.L1.2: Math, Science and Technology

describe the life processes common to all living things.

SMT.PK-6.4.L2.1: Math, Science and Technology

recognize that traits of living things are both inherited and acquired or learned.

SMT.PK-6.4.L2.2: Math, Science and Technology

recognize that for humans and other living things there is genetic continuity between generations.

SMT.PK-6.4.L3.1: Math, Science and Technology

describe how the structures of plants and animals complement the environment of the plant or animal.

SMT.PK-6.4.L3.2: Math, Science and Technology

observe that differences within a species may give individuals an advantage in surviving and reproducing.

SMT.PK-6.4.L4.1: Math, Science and Technology

describe the major stages in the life cycles of selected plants and animals.

SMT.PK-6.4.L4.2: Math, Science and Technology

describe evidence of growth, repair, and maintenance, such as nails, hair, and bone, and the healing of cuts and bruises.
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On a scale of 0 to 3

This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 3, as of 2008-08-05.

Component Ratings:

Technical Completeness: 3
Content Accuracy: 3
Appropriate Pedagogy: 3

Reviewer Comments:

In this ten to twelve week unit, early elementary students (targeted for kindergarten) will observe crickets and ants and investigate their behavior. Activities and lessons have clear objectives and are age-appropriate and engaging. This resource includes correlations with NY state standards, though objectives could easily fit in with other standards as well. Each “kit” in the Curriki repository includes a teacher’s manual and student activity book. The teacher’s manual includes a unit overview, extensive and clear background information materials, preparation instructions, discussion questions, cross-curricular extension ideas, a glossary and teacher references. The student manual includes clear, reproducible student handouts. The last section in the “kit” is a wiki, and Curriki members are encouraged to edit and build up the existing curriculum. It will take some initial research and preparation to order the appropriate organisms and supplies, but these written materials are excellent and can be used immediately in the classroom.

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