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InsectsLiteracy for Anywhere - Level 101

Print Me!Copy Me!Share Me!InsectsLiteracy for AnywhereLeveled Readers for the Developing World and Beyond!How to Use Literacy for AnywhereThis is a Literacy for Anywhere level 1 book. This text is designed for studentsin year one or grade one in school. Ideally, first grade students will bereading level one texts independently by the end of the year, second gradestudents will be reading level two texts, and so on. Of course, we realize thatevery student, classroom, and school is different, so the book level may notalways correspond to the class or grade level.If your school or library uses another system for leveling books, you canuse the chart below to add Literacy for Anywhere books into the collection.Levels are based on the following study: Supplemental Information forAppendix A of the Common Core State Standards for English Language Artsand Literacy: New Research on Text Complexity.The LexileU.S.LiteracyCommon Framework forAnywhere Core BandStarter12345iFirst Edition (CC-BY-SA) 2014 Open Equal Free Inc.Portions of this work have been adapted or used directly from sources in theCreative Commons. See the Attributions section at the back of the book for acomplete list of sources, authors, artists, and licenses.Unless otherwise noted, this work is published under a Creative CommonsAttribution-ShareAlike License. See end credits for any variation in licensingbefore adapting or using commercially. For more information on -sa/3.0/FleschKincaidVery basic books for those just starting! 2nd 420 1.982nd - 3rd 420 - 6201.98 - 3.52nd - 3rd 620 - 8203 - 5.34th - 5th 740 - 8804.5 - 6.14th - 5th 850 - 10105.5 - 7.7Additional Literacy for Anywhere titles as well as books for teachers,administrators, NGOs, and more at:www.TheAnywhereLibrary.comii

Insects are all over.InsectsLevel 1iii1

Insects even live on water.Insects live in trees. Insects live indirt. Insects can live in your house!23

The body of an insect has threemain parts: a head, a thorax, and anabdomen. Can you see the parts onthis wasp?There are more than 2 milliontypes of insects. They all have somethings in common.45

On the head are the eyes andmouth. Insects also have antennae.Antennae help them feel.The thorax is in the middle. It iswhere the wings and legs are. Allinsects have six legs. Most insectshave four wings.67

The abdomen is at the back. It holdsthe stomach and the heart.Sometimes the three main parts arehard to see. Can you guess wherethey are on this insect?89

Some insects are small. This is a bedbug.Some insects are big. This insect isas big as a hand!1011

Some insects are helpful. Beesspread pollen. Pollen helps makenew plants.Some insects are cute.1213

Some insects are scary. This is awater bug. It has a strong bite!Some insects are pretty. This is ashiny insect.1415

Some insects are smelly. This is astinkbug.Many insects are hard to see. Thisstick insect looks like a stick.1617

A leaf insect looks like a leaf.This insect looks like part of aflower.1819

This insect looks like sand.Hiding helps them survive. Manyanimals like to eat insects.2021

Insects can eat each other.Even some plants eat insects.2223

People eat insects too! Insects havea lot to hide from.Insects are all over. There are manykinds of insects. They feed animalsand help make new plants. Somecan hurt us, but many help us.2425

InsectsReview Questions!1. How many legs do insects have?2. What are the three main parts of aninsect?AttributionsContributing Authors, Organizations, and PhotographersWords & LayoutAuthor: Michael A. JonesEditing and Layout: Michael A. JonesCo-editor: Stéphane De GreefPhotography3. What part are the legs attached to?Cover: “Leafcutter ants” by Geoff Gallice (Wikimedia BY), 1. Public Domain, 2. “Army ants” by4. Why do insects need to hide?“Gottesanbeterin Abwehr” by CaPro (Wikimedia BY-SA), 5. Polistes major (Paper Wasp) by Bob5. How do insects help us?7. “Bee-apis” by Maciej A. Czyzewski (Wikimedia BY-SA), 8. Public Domain, 9. Public Domain, 10.Geoff Gallice (Wikimedia BY), 3. “Water strider in a pond” by Schnobby (Wikimedia BY-SA), 4.Peterson (Flickr BY-SA) 6. “Cephalota circumdata circumdata front” by Siga (Wikimedia BY-SA),Public Domain, 11. “Lord Howe Island stick insect Dryococelus australis 10June2011 PalmNursery”by Granitethighs (Wikimedia BY-SA), 12. “Honey bee (Apis mellifera)” by Charlesjsharp (Wikimedia(By-SA), 13. “Timitalia – dragonfly (by)” by timitalia from munich, germany (Wikimedia BY), 14.“Giant water bug Lethocerus deyrollei” (Vuillefroy, 1864) (opencage.info BY-SA), 15. “MetallicInsectsExplore!Become an insect hunter! Try to find fiveinsects. Don’t touch them! Count their legs.If there are more than six, keep looking!How do the insects look the same? How dothey look different?26shield bug444” by Benjamint444 (Wikimdia BY-SA), 16. “Brown marmorated stink bug” by Lildobe(Wikimedia BY-SA), 17. “Ctenomorpha chronus02” by Fir0002 (Wikimedia BY-SA), 18. “LeafInsect”by Sandilya Theuerkauf (Wikimedia BY-SA), 19. “Mantis Hymenopus coronatus 2 Luc Viatour” byLuc Viatour (Wikimedia BY-SA), 20. Public Domain, 21. “Lizard eating cricket” by Peter & MichelleS. (Flickr BY), 22. “Pegesimallus sp robberfly” by Muhammad Mahdi Karim (Wikimedia GNU FreeDocumentation License 1.2), 23. “Drosera capensis bend” by [object Object]. (Wikimedia BY-SA), 24.“Chapulines” by Meutia Chaerani / Indradi Soemardjan (Wikimedia BY), 25. “Hawthorn shield bug(Acanthosoma haemorrhoidale)” by Charlesjsharp (Wikimedia - BY-SA)For AnywhereAny derivations of this work not approved by Open Equal Free must likewise change the title andlayout of the work and not appear to be part of Open Equal Free’s For Anywhere series. Making anew or altered book (other than simple translation) appear to be part of the For Anywhere series isconsidered by Open Equal Free to imply endorsement and must have written permission.27

Special Thanks!We would like to extend a special thank youto the following contributors:Megan SmithElissa AlveyDane StognerWe would also like to thank Leigh Morlock for her contributionsas a design and marketing consultant on this project.2829

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This is a Literacy for Anywhere level 1 book. This text is designed for students in year one or grade one in school. Ideally, first grade students will be reading level one texts independently by the end of the year, second grade students will be reading level two texts, and so on. Of course, we realize that