Science 101: How do insects help the environment?by: Gary Hevel

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Although insects sometimes have a bad reputation, most are beneficial to humans and the environment, not detrimental. Without insects, the environment could not function as it does, yet few of us have considered how these numerous and varied organisms actually affect our lives.

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  • on Wed Apr 15, 2020 6:42 PM

I chose this article because it has a great lesson that I can use to teach my students about insects. A new piece of information that I have learned from reading this article is how to teach my students on the importance on insects and how they help the environment. I have found a TEK for 2nd grade, 2.9.C, and it focuses on the ways living organisms depend on each other. The idea I had for this TEK is to have the students create a food chain that includes insects. The students can research food chains to help them if they need it. Based on my experience, I agree with what this article has to offer. This article is something I can and will use when I have my own classroom. This article has taught me how to create a lesson where the students focus on the importance of insects. I believe it has great information and can help me create a fun and exciting lesson plan for my students.

Madison Martin  (Tyler, TX)
Madison Martin (Tyler, TX)

  • on Wed Apr 15, 2020 4:49 PM

I chose to add this article to my collection because it has so much potential for inspiring new lesson plan ideas. It is required under the TEKs that students learn about different kinds of organisms and after reading this article, I believe insects are one of the most important to learn about. This article provided me with so much information on how exactly insects help our environment and how they are a big part of it. This included information about pollination, decomposition of organic matter, and protecting the health of our crops/plants from other harmful organisms. A TEK that I found was for 2nd grade and it was 2.9.C. This TEK is about students being able to compare the way living organisms depend on each other. An idea I had for this would be to have each student research a specific given insect and find out what their importance is. Then, they will write about what the world would be like, how it would be different, and what might be affected if that insect were to no longer exist. I absolutely agree with everything in this article because it gave me some new insight about the importance of learning about insects in the classroom and definitely gave me some new ideas for science lessons.

Samantha Lloyd
Samantha Lloyd

  • on Wed Jun 29, 2011 11:40 AM

Many people don’t like insects, yet they represent the largest group of organisms on this Earth. Many have yet to be discovered. Regardless agriculture would be at a loss without these little critters. Aside from fertilizing plants (bees) they are also decomposers. Nature, and us, need them to survive. Aside from that some are really pretty (butterflies). This article has a great deal to offer to persuade humans about the value of insects.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

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