Lesson plan of Worms & Insects
Students` Learning Outcomes
- Identify key characteristics of worms and insects.
Information for Teachers
- There is a great diversity among invertebrates. Worms and insects are the two major invertebrates groups.
- The insects are characterized by three body parts (head, thorax and abdomen) and jointed legs. Most of the insects also have wings that help them to fly.
- Worms have round and elongated soft bodies. The bodies of some worms have segments, like compartments of train.
Material / Resources
Pictures of worms and insects, textbook
Worm up Activity
- Ask them do they know about the “Animals under our feet”
- Discuss “Animals under our feet” are worms and insects and they have no backbone.
- Ask them what types of insects they observe at their homes?
- Show some pictures of worms and insects and ask the students to classify them on the basis of their body shapes.
- Write students ‘response on the board.
- Show the pictures of insects and worms and tell them that these are different groups and have different characteristics.
- Explain by writing on board the main characteristics of insects and worms: insects (jointed legs, wings); worms (elongated soft body, no legs etc.)
Sum up / Conclusion
- Worms and insects are the two major invertebrates groups.
- The insects have three body parts i. e. head, thorax and abdomen. They have jointed legs and most of them also have wings.
- Worms have round and elongated soft bodies. The bodies of some worms have segments.
Ask the students to complete the following activity.
- Ask the students draw an earthworm and an ant in their notebooks, and write about their structures and their habitats.
- Draw a table on the board and ask them to copy it on their notebooks and then ask them to fill.
- Ask the students to write the names of those insects, they observe in their daily lives.
finger print Ant (fun activity)
- Ask the students to take an impression of their thumb using any ink or stamp pad and make an ant as shown below
- Involve the students in solving the questions given at the end of chapter/ unit of textbook.
- Ask the students to find the picture of any insect from newspaper or net. Ask them to paste the picture on their notebooks and write at least two characteristics.
- Ask students to collect an insect from nearby and bring it in the classroom and draw its diagram.
- Have students create an imaginary creature. Instruct them to draw a picture of the creature and create a fact sheet for their creature. After all students have created their imaginary creatures, let the class classify the creatures. First into vertebrates and invertebrates, next into sub-groups as:
- Classify Vertebrates into fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals.
- Classify invertebrates into worms and insects