Insect Quest         

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Introduction

The largest population of living things on the earth is not humans.  It is the arthropods group. Arthropods are divided into sub-groups. Some of the members of the arthropod's group are centipedes, insects, millipedes, crabs, shrimp, lobster, and spiders.   This is such a large group of living things to get to know.  So let's get started.

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Task

Your task is to conduct some research about Arthropods.  You may work in groups of 3-4. You will then present the results of your work in an oral report to the class.  You will also include models and posters of the various arthropods you studied.  You can make a slide show to use with your oral report.  Information you may want to include:

 

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Process

To accomplish this task you must, as a cooperative group, go through the following steps.
   * Make sure that everyone in your group has a part of the assignment that they are responsible for. (i.e.: library research, interviews, Web research, to name a few)

    * each student in the group will keep a journal that documents all of your resources and the information you have gathered

    * research from the following sources: books, magazines, interviews, and the Internet

    * you will need to find the sub-groups of the Arthropod group.  Then your group will pick 2-3 creatures from each group and research that creature.

    * make 2 Venn diagram to compare different creatures from different sub-groups.                       

    * after the presentation is developed, compile all the information into a slide show presentation.  You may present 1 presentation for the entire group - the slide show presentation must contain at least 6 slides.  Using the information make a model of your creatures.

    *  don't forget to schedule your presentation day and time as soon as you are ready
                                           
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Resources

Beneficial Insects
Insects at EnchantedLearning.comKoday's Kids Amazing Insects
Yahooligans! - Science and Nature:Living Things:Animals: ...
Yahoo! Directory Arthropods > Insects
Welcome to the Minibeast World of Insects & Spiders
Insects of IL = "What Good Is An Insect?"
Insects on the Web
Welcome to The Wonderful World of Insects            
3-D INSECTS
Insects on WWW
www.kidfish.bc.ca/class.htm
www.earthfoot.org/backyard/ arthropd.html

click here to find information on making paper mache creatures.

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Evaluation

You will be graded on your final group project as follows.
 

  1 2 3 4
Group Work Habits You were not able to work with the group. You sometimes listened to your group. You were bossy when giving your own suggestions. Your part of the project was late or not complete. You usually listened to your group and gave your own suggestions. Your part of the project was completed. You always listened to your group and gave your own suggestions. You completed your part of the project. 
Personal Work Habits You were rarely prepared for class. You missed many deadlines. You were sometimes prepared for class. You missed more than one deadline. You were usually prepared for class. You missed a deadline. You were always ready for class with materials. You met each deadline.
Paragraph Content You did not answer the questions asked. You did not learn anything about your researched place. You did not answer all of the questions. It shows that you put in very little effort in researching and learning about your place. You did not answer all of the questions. It shows that you put in some effort in researching and learning about your place.  You answered all of the questions. It shows that you put in a great deal of effort in researching and learning about your place. 
Paragraph Mechanics More than 7 mistakes in the following:

Indented 1st line

Sentences follow each other.

Capital letters

Punctuation

All Word Wall words are spelled correctly.

5-7 mistakes in the following:

Indented 1st line

Sentences follow each other.

Capital letters

Punctuation

All Word Wall words are spelled correctly.

3-5 mistakes in the following:

Indented 1st line

Sentences follow each other.

Capital letters

Punctuation

All Word Wall words are spelled correctly.

0-2 mistakes in the following:

Indented 1st line

Sentences follow each other.

Capital letters

Punctuation

All Word Wall words are spelled correctly.

Presentation One person said everything. 

It showed that the group had not practiced.

A few people had something to say.

It didnít look like the group had practiced very much.

Most people had something to say.

It showed that the group practiced.

Everyone had something to say

It showed that the group practiced.

Rubric for Oral Presentation

 

Acceptable
1

Admirable
2

Exceptional
3

Score

Focused Topic Briefly mentions the topic Describes the topic Report clearly defines the topic and gives specific details -
Content Collects very little information Collects the basic information Collects a great deal of information -
Creativity Gives very little unique information Gives some information that is unique to their city Gives a great deal of unique and interesting information . -
Well Organized Difficult to follow Mostly easy to follow Follows a logical sequence -
Speaking Skills Some mumbling; little eye contact; little or no expression; does not meet time frame Clear articulation; does not utilize time frame Poised, clear articulation; proper volume; steady rate; enthusiasm; confidence; utilized time frame -
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Rubric for Brochure or Poster:

 

Acceptable
1

Admirable
2

Exemplary
3

Score

Content Some content is inaccurate or incomplete Content is complete and accurate Content is complete, accurate, and other interesting facts are included -
Text Numerous spelling, grammar, and/or punctuation errors Few misspelled or misused words, few grammar, and/or punctuation errors No misspelling, grammar, or punctuation errors. -
Resources Not enough resources The resources provided were used properly and adequately Other resources were used in addition to the resources provided -
Attractiveness Disorganized, illegible writing Legible writing, organized Word processed or typed, neatly organized -
Timeliness Up to two days late.   Report handed in on time. -

 

 

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Conclusion

Your group has put a lot of work into this presentation.  I hope that through your research you have learned many new things about this huge part of the world's population.  Congratulations on the conclusion of your project. Good luck on your presentation!

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Extension

 

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Teacher Notes

Science Standards

4SC-E1. Construct classification systems based on the structure of organisms

          PO 1. Construct a simple classification system based on physical characteristics
          PO 2. Arrange several organisms into a classification system

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