Lesson Plan : Ladybugs Vs. Guppies

Teacher Name:
 Henry Sanders
Grade:
 Grade 2
Subject:
 Science

Topic:
 The life cycles of ladybugs and guppies (how they compare and contrast).
Content:
 Content Comparing and contrasting the life cycles of other animals such as meal worms, ladybugs, crickets, guppies or frogs. * The focus on this lesson will be comparing and contrasting ladybugs vs. guppies. Vocabulary Egg - the protective covering for an embryo Larvae - the newly hatched, wingless, often worm like form of many insects Pupa - the non-feeding stage between the larva and adult in the metamorphosis Embryo - an organism in its early stages of development Tadpole - the limbless aquatic larva of a frog or toad, having gills and a long flat tail
Goals:
 The students will be able to create a Venn diagram which will compare and contrast ladybugs vs. guppies.
Objectives:
 TLWD an understanding of science skills: create a Venn diagram that will compare and contrast ladybugs and guppies. Each section of the diagram should no less than 5 facts about ladybugs, 5 facts about guppies, and 3 facts that they share.
Materials:
 Are You a Ladybug? By Judy Allen PowerPoint Presentation - The Life Cycle Of A Guppy Video - A Guppy Swimming Video - A Guppy Giving Birth Crayons Pencils Clipboards
Introduction:
 Good morning everyone! Recently we have been talking about the life cycles of animals. We have talked about this member of the beetle family (pull out jar of ladybugs) and we have learned a lot about them. Today we are going to learn about a member of the fish family (play video of guppy swimming). (Ask students if they know what animal is playing on the video. If they do not know tell them it is a guppy.) But before we get to them, we should go back to freshen up on the information we know about ladybugs. Because by the end of this lesson, you will be able to compare and contrast the life cycles of ladybugs and guppies. Ask students, "What do you think we will use to compare and contrast these two"? Response: A Venn diagram
Development:
 Have students sit on the carpet and read Are You a Ladybug? to them. Once the story is finish, ask children to help you with the life cycle of a ladybug. Responses: Egg Stage, Larvae Stage, Pupa Stage, and Adult Ladybug Stage) Record their information on the board. Have students come back to their seats and begin playing the videos about guppies. Information from slideshow: Slide 1 The guppy also commonly known as guppie is one of the most popular freshwater aquarium fish species in the world. It is a small member of the Poecilidae family and like all the other members of the family, is live-bearing. It prefers a hard water aquarium and can withstand levels of salinity up to 150% sea water, which had led to them being occasionally included in marine tropical community tanks, as well as in freshwater tropical tanks. Its most famous characteristic is its propensity for breeding. Slide 2 Life Cycle Of A Guppy Guppies are live-bearers; they do not lay eggs The females are twice as big as the male The female may produce 20 to 100 live young Baby guppies are called fry Guppies can mature at three months Most have matured to adulthood at around six months Slide 3 Parts Of A Guppy Slide 4 Pictures Of Guppies
Practice:
 OK, now we have all this great information on the guppy. I want to see what kind of notes you took on guppies. What do you call a baby guppy? A Fry Do guppies lay eggs? No How long does it take guppies to mature? 3 months
Accommodations:
 For my lower students I will have them cut out and paste on a sheet on construction paper the life cycles of ladybugs and guppies. My assistant will also be able to help the students who are having difficult.
Checking For Understanding:
 I will walk around the class and monitor the students. If students are having problems, I will offer assistance. Have a couple of students share their Venn Diagrams. For the assessment I'm looking for 5 facts on both topics and 3 facts that make them different. I will give praise to the students who complete the assignment and present it to the class.
Closure:
 Fantasy Venn Diagrams everyone! But before we move on to math, letís review. What is a fry? A baby guppy Are ladybug live-breeders? No, guppies are. Do guppies go through a Larvae stage? No, ladybugs do.
Evaluation:
 How well did the students do? As a measure of progress, I will consider 11 overall facts as passing. 13-15 facts will be viewed as mastery.
Teacher Reflections:
 What would I change about this lesson to help students be more successful? Did I plan too much or little in this lesson? Was this lesson an effective way to teach these skills? How did the lesson go overall?

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