Nov 092015

P1000358Inquiry based activities are one of the best ways to teach science to students.  Students build a comprehension of the scientific method through exposure to the process of conducting research.  Having students take an active role in collecting data and gathering evidence keeps them engaged while reinforcing the critical notion that claims be supported by evidence.  This lesson plan provides teachers with a fun but relatively simple template for creating student research projects using antipredator behavior in crickets.  Students will examine hiding behavior in crickets and determine how/whether certain variables of interest (e.g. sex, food availability, light level, etc.) influence hiding.


At the conclusion of the lesson, students will be able to:

  • Understand the components of the scientific method
  • Design experiments to test specific hypotheses
  • Interpret data
  • Use evidence to support claims
  • Understand how predators can influence prey behavior
  • Understand how organisms often face trade-offs between safety and feeding, or safety and finding mates


Lesson Plan created by Michael Kuczynski, 2015

Oct 022015


A strong understanding of evolution is paramount to any education in biology.  In this lesson students will be introduced to the concept of evolution and natural selection using a combination of presentation, worksheet, and several outdoor games and demonstrations.  These activities will emphasis how populations change over time as a result of evolution by natural selection.  Students will learn how we define evolution and natural selection, as well as the key components required for natural selection to occur.  Using a series of demonstrations, students will also learn about the different forms of selection (directional, stabilizing, disruptive).  Finally, these activities can all be used to identify and discuss the inaccuracies of several misconceptions of evolution by natural selection.

At the conclusion of the lesson, students will be able to:

  • Explain what evolution is and how to define it
  • Explain what natural selection is and understand the key components required for natural selection to occur (variation, selection, heredity)
  • Understand three different types of natural selection (directional, stabilizing, disruptive)
  • Construct and interpret graphs relating to evolution and natural selection
  • Relate patterns to theory
  • Use evidence and reason to form a conclusion


Lesson plan designed and created by GK-12 Fellow Michael Kuczynski, 2015