Adorable Arthropods

Put your students’ knowledge of arthropods on display! Using materials easily found in your classroom, students will create vibrant depictions of arthropods in their natural habitats.

  • 1.

    Provide each student with a piece of white paper and Crayola® Classic Crayons.

  • 2.

    Instruct students to select an arthropod to be drawn in its natural habitat.

  • 3.

    Encourage the students to apply as many details in their drawings as possible based on evidence found in their classroom learning.

  • 4.

    Once the students’ work is complete, ask them to find a partner. Can they identify each other’s arthropods? Ask them to discuss the attributes and habitat of their selected arthropods. Encourage the inclusion of comments about what needs to be present in habitats to allow for their arthropods to thrive.

Standards

  • LA: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade level topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
  • SCI: Make observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats.
  • SCI: Develop a simple model that mimics the function of an animal in dispersing seeds or pollinating plants.
  • SCI: Construct an argument with evidence that in a particular habitat some organisms can survive well, some survive less well, and some cannot survive at all.
  • SCI: Construct an argument that some animals form groups that help members survive.
  • VA: Make a work of art or design to communicate an idea.
  • VA: Demonstrate an understanding of the proper use of materials for a variety of purposes.

Adaptations

  • Use Crayola® Classic Markers in Bold Colors or Crayola® Washable Kid’s Paint.
  • Investigate the painting Hirschkäfer by Albrecht Dürer.
  • Extend this project with a writing piece A Day in the Life of My Arthropod! Ask students to tell a story inspired by facts researched during their study of arthropods.