Grade 2 : Science: Insect Trading Cards
Instructional Design: Carolyn Messenger, Val Crutchfield, Sylvia Bilsky, Jody Savoie
Stage 1 - Desired Results
SLE 1: Recognise there are many different kinds of small crawling and flying animals, and identify a range of examples that are found locally.
SLE 3: Special characteristics of small flying and crawling creatures
Below is a pdf file identifying all of the ICT outcomes touched on throughout this project. Click on the file to download it to your computer.
2-1 Investigate with guidance, nature of things, demonstrating an understanding of procedure followed.
Are bugs and insects the same?Why or why not?
How do our essential needs compare to small crawling and flying creatures?
Students will know:
- Animals have basic needs similar to humans.
- There is a wide variety of flying and crawling creatures in our environment
- Basic body structure of insects and other creatures
Students will be able to:
- Locate appropriate information/picture on the Internet/books about their creature.
- Categorise information into habitat, food, life cycle, appearance, interesting fact (1)
- Import picture to trading card
Stage 2 - Assessment Evidence
The student will complete an independent project on Science Topic E (Small Crawling and Flying Animals), incorporating information and a picture of a particular creature in the format of the trading card.
Other Evidence (Quizzes, test, etc)
2. Peer Evaluation
3. Teacher Assessment
4. Students’ actual project.
Stage 3 - Learning Plan
Teaching and Learning Activities
Insect Trading Card
Grade 2 Project
Done in class, before we start in the lab:
1. INTRO - Over the Steamy Swamp
2. Insect (and others) Facts
- basic body parts
- life cycles
3. Choose creatures according to categories (page 10 EPS)
4. Begin research with books
- record facts under 5 headings (choose 4 headings)
- food and how they eat it
- life cycle
- 1 interesting fact
The teacher must place the picture document and the trading card template as well as the link document in the students folders.
Lab period 1:
Log in to AppleShare, open the document containing links for insect sites. Bookmark (or add to Favourites) the sites.
Visit the sites and find the facts you are looking for. Jot down the main ideas on your recording sheet.
In class, have students write and review their sentences.
Lab period 2:
Return to the insect sites using the Favourites, finish the research on the Internet. You can search using Google--Images and placing the bug name in parenthesis.
When researching is done, have students copy their insect's picture: Open the document containing the bug pictures. Open the trading card template.
Have them practice going back and forth between the 2 documents by going under the View menu and choosing the document names.
Have them click on the right picture, go to Edit and choose Copy. Under View, choose the trading card document, click on the words Insert picture here (be careful not to be inside the text box) and Edit--Paste.
Resize the image to fit onto the card (drag a corner).
You can rotate the picture by going under Arrange--Transform--Rotate 90°. Write the bug name.
If you lose your text box, under View, choose Show tools. Click on the A (writing tool) and draw a text box. Write in it.
Click inside the text box for your information, start to write the information you have learned from your research. Place a return key after each group of information.
* Bring a class list, at this point, the teacher can start evaluating students' computer skills and ability to write as she walks around in the lab.
Lab period 3: Continue typing.
For students who have a lot of writing, they can continue on the other trading card. They can then choose a picture on the Internet and copy it (hold down the mouse, choose Copy image), get the template, select the words Insert picture here (be careful not to be inside the text box) and Edit--Paste.
If students don't have enough writing on their insect, they can copy and past the same information on the other trading card and choose a picture on the Internet and copy it (hold down the mouse, choose Copy image), get the template, select the words Insert picture here (be careful not to be inside the text box) and Edit--Paste.
* Bring a class list, at this point, the teacher can continue evaluating students' computer skills and ability to write as she walks around in the lab.
Lab period 4: Edit your work for spelling and aesthetic appearance.
Print your cards, colour your bug, and cut the outline.
Glue on cardboard.
In class, in a clear voice and establishing eye contact with the audience, give an oral presentation about your insect to the class.
* The teacher evaluates the presentations using the rubric.
Key Design Elements
How will students know where they are going, why they are headed there, and how they will be evaluated?
Introductory activities and explanation of trading card and related activities.
How will you hook the students at the beginning of the unit?
Through a high interest literature selection (Over the Steamy Swamp)
What will help students experience the big idea of this unit? How will you equip them with the needed skills and knowledge?
Hands on opportunities and exposure to first hand knowledge.
How will you get students to reflect and rethink? How will you guide them in rehearsing, revising, and refining their work?
Verify resource information, self and peer edit of rough written copy.
How will students exhibit and self-evaluate their growing skills, knowledge and understanding?
Using the trading cards for various matching and sorting activities/ presentation in the lab.
Additional Teacher Resources
These are documents for teachers and/or students that were developed to support the project. Documents will always be available in pdf format as well as in the original format created (e.g. MS Word, AppleWorks, Inspiration, etc)
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The following exemplars represent an excellent, adequate and limited student samples. Please click on the exemplar to download a copy. NB - You will need AppleWorks 6.x installed on your computer to view.