Bugging Out!

Project Specifications

Our study of invertebrate ecosystems will focus on the largest group of organisms.)
Students will select an insect, discover its characteristics, create a model from reused materials,
prepare "quick facts" page, and design a handout for their classmates. 
Oral presentations of each student's work will culminate this unit.



Students will . . .

Due Date

1
Submit prioritized list of the names of five insects; these must be submitted on time.  Answer selected questions to generate background information necessary to your project.

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2
Submit a photograph of his or her assigned insect on time and properly document the source (MLA format).

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3
Submit a written critique of an article on mosquitoes ( 2).  The critique will be submitted on time. (A rubric and more specifics will be distributed).

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4
Prepare a rough draft of a creative presentation of the characteristics of the student's assigned insect.  Explain why it is an invertebrate; tell how it is uniquely different from other insects.

10
5
Create a scale model of his or her assigned insect.  Students may NOT purchase supplies to create their model.  They must reuse containers, trays, plastic, hangers, etc.  Some materials will be distributed in class; the project will be completed in school.  Use this checklist to evaluate how you are doing.  View student work here.

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6
Create a coloring page or fact sheet. (Check here.)  This should identify the classifying features of the insect; it should enable students to understand the organism's major structures.

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7
Create, copy, and distribute a typed note-taking sheet.  This will be used for classmates to take notes on during oral presentations.

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8
Create a quiz that tests your classmate's knowledge of the material you present.  The quiz will be given the day after your presentation.  View this information & take the quiz.

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9
Prepare an oral presentation.  This will be spoken (NOT READ).  You will need to clearly discuss the good, the bad, and the specifics of your insect.

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10
Explain the organisms that depend upon your insect (for food).  Tell the consequence to the earth of the demise of this insect.

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Total

200

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References
http://fireflyforest.net/firefly/2005/12/04/stink-bug/
http://eny3005.ifas.ufl.edu/lab1/Hemiptera/Reduviid_1.jpg
http://www.bbc.co.uk/jersey/content/images/2007/12/10/wright_insects1_392x350.jpg
http://www.insectclopedia.com/
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Ladybugs  
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Dragonfly species More about dragon and damselflies
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