Awesome Insects

Lesson 15


Unit 2

2nd Grade

Lesson 15 of 23


Describe an insect’s life cycle by writing an informational text that uses researched facts, images, and definitions to explain what you learned.

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Writing Prompt

Write an informational text about the life cycle of an insect of your choice! Be sure to include:

  • Complete or incomplete life cycle
  • 1–2 details about each stage of the life cycle
  • 2–3 text features
  • 2–3 vocabulary words from the unit

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Common Core Standards

  • L.2.1.f — Produce, expand, and rearrange complete simple and compound sentences (e.g., The boy watched the movie; The little boy watched the movie; The action movie was watched by the little boy).
  • L.2.4 — Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 2 reading and content, choosing flexibly from an array of strategies.
  • RI.2.3 — Describe the connection between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text.
  • RI.2.4 — Determine the meaning of words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 2 topic or subject area.
  • RI.2.5 — Know and use various text features (e.g., captions, bold print, subheadings, glossaries, indexes, electronic menus, icons) to locate key facts or information in a text efficiently.
  • W.2.2 — Write informative/explanatory texts in which they introduce a topic, use facts and definitions to develop points, and provide a concluding statement or section.
  • W.2.5 — With guidance and support from adults and peers, focus on a topic and strengthen writing as needed by revising and editing.
  • W.2.7 — Participate in shared research and writing projects (e.g., read a number of books on a single topic to produce a report; record science observations).
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