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    Insect research workshop
    By m&mTeach

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    A few years ago (when I taught 2nd) I did an Insect Research Workshop.
    I had 5 student groups. Each table was researching a different insect, as I was modeling with ladybugs.

    For every lesson, I would model researching a different area of a ladybug.
    Lesson 1: Physical characteristics (with a diagram)
    Lesson 2: Life Cycle
    Lesson 3: Diet
    Lesson 4: Defenses
    Lesson 5: Interesting Facts

    Each minilesson consisted of a shared reading and producing a web or a diagram of the important information I learned. I would then send out my students to do the same with their insect. They had books and different printouts from the internet I had collected. Because students were working in groups of 4 and because we were all working on similar content, it was very supportive for students (ex. same bank of words- thorax, abdomen, etc).

    At the end of the second week, kids put together a little minibook with the information they collected.

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