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DOUBLE TAP TO ZOOM ON PHONE OR TABLET ASSESSMENT WHAT TO LOOK FOR RELATED COMMENTS/QUESTIONS Some children will be excited about collecting insects to observe. I’ll help you with the jar. We have to be careful so that we don’t hurt the insect. Children will be interested in observing the insects in the jars. What is the insect doing? Is it moving? Let’s look in the insect book and see if we can find out what kind of insect it is. Some children will not want to release the insects at the end of the day. We had an agreement to let them go. They need to return to their own habitat. Some children will become adept at identifying insects. How can we be sure that this is an insect and not a spider? ELEMENTS OF SCIENTIFIC INQUIRY Observe: Children will observe the behavior of the insects. Over time, they may realize that certain insects are always found at particular places on the playground, such as under a rock. Compare/contrast: Children will find similar- ities and differences among the insects. They may compare insects to spiders. Communicate: Children will talk about the insects and where they live. Some children may be afraid of the insects and may need reassurance. Measure: Children may compare the size of various insects. Infer: Some children may infer that particular insects always live in a particular place, such as in the dirt or under a rock. COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL LIFE SCIENCE—ANIMALS 47