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Insect StAIR

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This project is geared towards lower elementary school grade levels.  It is an introduction to the topic of insects.  This interactive Powerpoint includes information about what insects look like, where they live and their life cycle.  Mini quiz questions are placed throughout this project to "test" students on their understanding of the material.  Text, sounds and authentic pictures are used to grab the students attention.     
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Material Type: Presentation
Technical Format: Website
Date Added to MERLOT: February 26, 2012
Date Modified in MERLOT: July 21, 2012
Submitter: Marni Freedman
Keywords: lower elementary, interactive, insects


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Avatar for Lauren Wasiloff
5 years ago

Lauren Wasiloff (Teacher (K-12))

This is a great activity!! You have made instruction on insects very interactive. The use of sounds was an engaging way to keep the attention of students while they learn about the different features of an insect. I especially love the sounds and the animations of the insects. I know children will be captivated by them and want to learn more. The information presented in the activity was geared toward lower elementary. I think it would be perfect for first to second grade based on the word usage. The inclusion of quizzing along the way is a great way for students to test their knowledge on what they just learned. Linking the wrong answers back to the information is helpful for students to reread to find the answer. I know my students get mixed up with whether a spider is an insect, so it was great to include that! Overall I think this was well-done and hope to use it in my classroom!

Technical Remarks:

All of the links worked, and I found no glitches. If you wanted it to be geared towards younger grades, you could easily add recorded directions and voice recording of the information they read.

Time spent reviewing site: 30 minutes

Avatar for Jenny Hancock
5 years ago

Jenny Hancock (Student)

Great crisp colors and wonderful “real-life” and authentic pictures. This makes learning more fun! It also gives students a visual with the words. I liked the way you went back to review the material for incorrect answers. Next time, let the student come to an answer instead of sharing the correct answer. Let them take the time to review and come to a conclusion. The design was good, students were guided in a sequential order about insects: general info, habitat and then into life cycle. All very important material for a first grade student. The sound effects that correspond with slides were amusing. Students learned through inductive reasoning, students were shown information and then quizzed on learning. You did a nice job of defining the parts of an insect; it helped students to understand the purpose of the body part. Students had to scaffold their knowledge in order to successfully complete the quizzes. At the beginning I would add one short page telling the students a quick synopsis of what they will be learning before they get to the choices home page. I enjoyed the final page where students were shown lots of insects and given an approval message of being an “Insect Pro”. Great positive feedback!

Technical Remarks:

It would be great if students could have a page of different insects that they could click on to hear their calls or sounds. This would add a fun and interesting aspect. (It also seemed that was not in kiosk mode as I could click through the project with out using “next” buttons.)

Time spent reviewing site: 45 minutes