Lesson Plan

Have to Have a Habitat: Field Trip Preparation Part 2 - Grade 1 (North Carolina)

Ranger sharing the importance of water in habitats.
Ranger sharing the importance of water in habitats.
NPS Photo - Beth Wright


The fundamental significance of Great Smoky Mountains National Park is that it is a sanctuary for a remarkably diverse array of native plants and animals, providing a place that students can learn about the different animal groups.

This unit is broken into three parts. The overall unit involves a trip to the park and is accompanied by three preparation activities and three wrap-up activities.  This is part 2 of the field preparation activity of the unit.


1) Learn how insects make sounds with parts of their bodies other than their mouths, such as legs and wings.
2) Learn how the sounds insects make allow them to communicate with one another.
3) Learn how insects use their adaptations and communication techniques to attract mates.


Teachers coming on the accompanying field trip should download our complete field trip packet that includes all of the lessons: Have to Have a Habitat pre-site lessons, information and directions about the field trip and Have to Have a Habitat Wrap-up lessons.

Download the full Have to Have a Habitat Field Trip packet (includes Preparation and Wrap-up lessons).


This lesson includes a chart with examples of insect sounds and corresponding musical instruments and a Pre and Post Site Test.


Step 1: Prepare sample insect sounds using suggested resources.

Step 2: Have students imitate these sounds using their voices or other parts of their body.

Step 3: Explain differences in how people communicate and how insects communicate.



Administer a pre and post site test that is included in the unit.


Using a variety of musical instruments suggested, allow students to imitate insect sounds. For a challenge, help them write and perform their own “insect instrumental”.


insect, exoskeleton