Thank you for considering the “Let’s Map: An Insect” file. I have found this to be an excellent way for students to learn the different parts of an insect.
When students map an insect, they assign colors and/or patterns to each section they need to identify. They fill in the key and the part of the picture that that section represents. For example, a student can choose pink with purple stripes for the head. She then would color the head using that pattern and color combination.
This file includes four levels of insect identification:
The first picture contains only the three segments (head, thorax, abdomen).
The second picture includes those plus the wings, eyes, legs, antennae and mandibles.
The third picture further breaks the leg down into five parts.
The last picture allows you to pick which parts you want color coded.
You can have your students use solid colors to differentiate between the parts or you can let them run wild and choose patterns and designs. Either way, this activity is great for referencing what they’ve learned. It also works well as classroom and hallway bulletin board displays.
If you have any questions or suggestions concerning this activity, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.