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Background For Teachers:
Animals include many different kinds of creatures including insects. Insects are invertebrates, which lack backbones. Ninety-five percent of all animals are invertebrates. Some, like worms, have soft bodies with no bones at all. Others, like snails, have soft bodies, but carry a hard shell for protection. Soft-bodied invertebrates that live in water or on land are grouped as mollusks. Those invertebrates that have tough coatings on the outside of their bodies (exoskeletons), jointed legs, and a segmented body are called arthropods. Insects, spiders (arachnids), centipedes/millipedes, and sow ‘bugs’, shrimp, lobster, and crabs (crustaceans) are all arthropods. There are over 900,000 species of insects, which makes them the biggest group of arthropods. Insects have distinctive features, which include: three body parts (head, thorax, and abdomen), eyes, mouth, antennae, six legs, and most of the adults have wings. The young do not look like the parents.
Intended Learning Outcomes:
6. Communicate clearly in oral, artistic, written, and nonverbal form.
How many of you have ever played with sow bugs (also called pillbugs, or roly-polies)? Have you ever kept one for a pet or had races with them? Have you ever caught a butterfly or trapped a spider in a jar? Do you know which ones of those are insects?
Stein, M., McNair, S., & Butcher, J. (2001). Drawing on student understanding. Science And Children, 38(4),18
Using artistic expression as a tool for learning supports the standards by enhancing students’ abilities to communicate science explanations, engage in science as a means for explanation, and communicate their ideas to the public and to their classmates.
Reyner, A. (2005). Art influences learning. Early Childhood News, 17 (5), 21.
Art is an outstanding tool for teaching ... academic subjects such as math, science, and literacy. When children study any given concept, they learn it better and retain it longer if they do an art activity that reinforces that learning.
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