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Swarms of Bees, Beetles, & Bugs

Add "bling" to any science project, such as this insect drawing, with new technology!

  • Grade 3
    Grade 4
    Grade 5
  • 30 to 60 minutes
  • Directions

    1. While researching the anatomy of insects, invite students to note the names of insect body parts. Ask students to sketch diagrams of these insect bodies on construction paper using Crayola® Erasable Colored Pencils. Include labeled body parts. Children erase and draw again until satisfied that their drawings are accurate.
    2. Invite the class to create a swarm of insects they are most interested in to be displayed in their classroom. Once a list of insects is identified, students decide on a layout, or template, for their finished pieces.
    3. Provide students with Crayola Color Explosion paper and markers to draw their swarm of insects. Encourage them to pay special attention to thick and thin lines you can create with the marker tip. The paper automatically shows random bright colors inside your lines! If Color Explosion paper and markers are not available, students can use Washable Markers or Erasable Colored Pencils with white construction paper.
    4. To finish their artwork, students can choose a simple design for the background. Dots look terrific!
  • Standards

    LA: Read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grade level text complexity band independently and proficiently.

    LA: Integrate information from several texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably.

    LA: Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade level topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.

    LA: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.

    MATH: Solve problems involving measurement and estimation of intervals of time, liquid volumes, and masses of objects.

    SCI: Construct explanations of how structures in animals serve functions of growth, survival, reproduction, and behavior.

    VA: Intentionally take advantage of the qualities and characteristics of art media, techniques, and processes to enhance communication of their experiences and ideas.

    VA: Select and use the qualities of structures and functions of art to improve communication of their ideas.

    VA: Describe ways in which the principles and subject matter of other disciplines taught in the school are interrelated with the visual arts.

  • Adaptations

    Possible classroom resources include: Insect (DK Eyewitness Books) by Laurence Mound; Simon & Schuster Children's Guide to Insects and Spiders by Jinny Johnson; National Geographic Insects by Robin Bernard

    Students create sketches of their insects, identify and label each body part, and write 1-2 sentences focused on the function of each part.

    Students create 3-D models of their insects using Crayola Model Magic. Place the models in a diorama that displays the natural habitat for the insects. Use recycled materials to create the diorama.


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