|Insects and Plants Overview
SCHEDULING THE MODULE
The Getting Ready section for each part of the investigation helps you
prepare. It provides information on scheduling the investigations
and introduces the tools and techniques used in the investigation. Be
prepared—read the Getting Ready section first.
Plan ahead for the scheduling of the parts but remain flexible. The
time from egg to larva to adult is highly variable, depending on
temperature. The chart on the next page suggests one sequence for
the investigations with the approximate starting times for each part.
The investigations in this module work best when they are taught in
the spring, summer, or early fall. Assessment is ongoing throughout
While the investigations can be taught in any order, we suggest that
you start with mealworms because they are the easiest to care for
and will complete a life cycle in 10 weeks. They are also easy for
students to observe, and each student can spend time with individual
mealworm larvae. The investigations are numbered, and we suggest
that they be conducted in that order, as the concepts build upon each
other from investigation to investigation. Many of the sessions are
short observation sessions.
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