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Insect Research Project

My Insect Project

 

Second grade students have begun learning about insects.  For our final research project of the year, students will research an insect.  For this project, students will create a brochure to save their insect.  The brochure will highlight the important features of their insect – what it eats, where it lives, and how it helps our ecosystem.  Projects will be due at  school on May 19th.  The rubric is on the back of this sheet.

Each student has chosen an insect

(My insect is ________________________________________)

  • Parents should help students gather data and record their sources.
  • Students should use books, magazines, websites and other sources.
  • Students should do as much reading independently as possible.  
  • Students are to write facts they gather in their own words and they must cite their references.
  • Students should be prepared to present their brochure to the class, and explain why it is important that their insect remain a part of our ecosystem.

The following are possible points of interest for students to include in their brochures.  It is not necessary to cover all of these points.  They are simply suggestions.

  • Where their insects live.
  • What their insects eat.
  • What their insects’ habitat is like.
  • Who their insects’ predators are.
  • What their insects’ prey is.
  • What their insects look like.
  • Whether their look has a function.
  • How long their insects live.
  • Whether their insects sleep during the day or night.
  • Where their insects lay their eggs.
  • What form their insect comes out of the egg in (nymph or larva).
  • Whether their insects camouflage, and if so how.

 

 

 

 

Grading Rubric for Save My Insect Project

     4 points 3 points 2 points 1 points
Content The project content suggests the student has discovered and clearly  articulated the relationship between the insect and its environment. The project content is good and suggests the student has discovered some of the relationships between their insect and its environment. The project content is fair and suggests the student has not discovered many important facts between their insect and its environment. The project content is poor and incomplete.  It suggests the student has not done sufficient research about their insect or its environment.
Creativity &
Appearance
Project is excellently presented, reflecting creativity, and effort.  Shows ownership of project. Good creative effort. Project is neat and shows evidence of effort and time spent on it. Some attempt made to add creativity and originality. Project is neat. Little attempt to add color or originality. Project has sloppy appearance.  Project shows no ownership of work.
Oral Presentation Very interesting presentation.  Student demonstrated knowledge of their brochure.  Student explained what was included in the project and why. Interesting presentation.  Fairly smooth delivery. Could explain most of what was in the project and why. Delivery was not smooth.  The student could not explain some of the ideas represented in the brochure. Delivery was not smooth.  Could not explain many of the ideas represented in the brochure.  Student did not demonstrate knowledge of the material.
Audience Was a great audience member, listened very well and asked good questions. Only needed a few reminders to be a polite audience member. Needed some reminders to be a polite audience member. Needed many reminders to be a polite audience member.

 Comments:

A: 16-14 points

B: 13-10 points

C: 9 – 7 points

D: 6 – 4 points

F:   incomplete

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