Author:
Heather Margolis
Subject:
Engineering, Mathematics, STEM
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Level:
Lower Primary
Grade:
2
Tags:
License:
Creative Commons Attribution
Language:
English

Education Standards

2: Create Your Own Bug

2: Create Your Own Bug

Overview

 

As students are reviewing odd and even numbers, students first sketch out a bug that has odd or even features. Students then use Google Drawing to turn their sketch into a work of art that they label to describe even and odd features.

Instructor Directions

Prior to beginning the project, introduce students to Margaret C. Collins, the first African American woman to receive her PhD in entomology (https://daily.jstor.org/margaret-s-collins-pioneering-black-entomologist/). Entomology is the study of insects. At age 6, Margaret would go to the college library where her dad was a professor and would read and read and read! She excelled in school and later went on to college.  While in college, Margaret became fascinated with termites! She earned the nickname "Termite Lady."

Using the sketch of the different stages of a termite (attached resource), have students begin the discussion of odd and even numbers. Look at the number of legs, body segments, and antennae. 

 

 

Engineering Process

2: Create your own bug  Inspired by Matt Caratachea

Driving Question / ScenarioDesign a bug that has odd or even features using Google Drawing.
Project SummaryAs students are reviewing odd and even numbers, students first sketch out a bug that has odd or even features. Students then use Google Drawing to turn their sketch into a work of art and label the even and odd features.
Estimated Time2 hours
Materials / Resources
  • Paper/pencil
  • Laptop/Chromebook
StandardsNC.2.OA.3:  Determine whether a group of objects, within 20, has an odd or even number of members by:
  • Pairing objects, then counting them by 2s
  • Determining whether objects can be placed into two equal groups
  • Writing an equation to express an even number as a sum of two equal addends
Project Outline
AskHow can you create a bug that features odd or even numbers?
ImagineThink of how you want your bug to feature an odd or even number.
PlanSketch a design for your bug
CreateUsing Google Drawing, create your digital bug.
  
Closure / Student ReflectionsStudents can use an app similar to FlipGrid to explain the features of their bug and how it illustrates odd or even numbers.
Possible Modifications / ExtensionsA way of extending this lesson could be to have students include features on their bug that allow it to survive in different environments.
Tags (Subject, robot used, literature)Math

 

Sample Pictures / Video

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