Students will complete a packet and participate in small group activities while learning about various insects, their roles in the environment, and how their coloring helps them survive. In addition, they will be able to describe the role insects play in the environment; and students will also engage in physical activity inspired by insect locomotion: Question: The vast majority of Insects are rapidly becoming a species on the verge of extinction due to habitat destruction, chemical pollutants, hybridization and over harvesting. What factors should we consider as individuals of a population to prevent total devastation of endangered insects?
CONTENT STANDARDS: Fourth Grade Life Sciences
2b. Students know producers and consumers (herbivores, carnivores, omnivores and decomposers) are related in food chains and food webs and may compete with each other for resources in an ecosystem.
2c. Students know decomposers including many fungi, insects, and microorganisms recycle matter from dead plants and animals.
3b. Students know that in any particular environment, some kinds of plants and animals survive well, some survive less well, and cannot survive at all.
Source: Meyer, J. (2005, March 16). Insect Decomposers.
Link to San Diego Zoo http://blogs.sandiegozoo.org/2012/11/06/insects-ants-and-the-food-chain/
Source: Insects, Ants, And The Food Chain. (2012, November 6).
Video link to bugs and insects https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqxkUVfRxQY
Source: Bugs and Insects [Motion picture]. (2015). You tube.