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Students build anatomically correct dragonflies of polymer clay, use vocabulary for body parts, and define the function of the body parts as adaptations for survival.
Students explore dragonfiles/damselfiles and their behaviors. They examine their differences and their life cycles. Students observe the dragonflies in a field and determine the number of different species.
Students identify the dragonflies found in their Illinois County by using the Odonata database list to find the scientific names, searching field guides and the Internet for (1) the common name (2) description (3) life habits and (4) a photograph.
Did you know that dragonflies don't go through complete metamorphosis, but rather a series of nymph stages? View this video to find out what life is like for a dragonfly from egg to adult! You'll learn all you need to know. A good video with clear narration and interesting visuals.
Nothing is stranger and more fascinating than witnessing the emergence of an insect. Watch as a dragonfly breaks free from its hardened chrysalis and takes flight. Kids are sure to find this clip very interesting.
Art projects are great when they apply to other subjects. First study insects, their parts, and their habitats. Then have little ones create a dragonfly. They use clothes pins, raffia, pipe-cleaners, and paint to construct their dragonflies. 
The best thing about dragonflies is that they make great topics for informational texts. Get those readers excited with a fun and interesting insect-related text passage that can help them increase their comprehension skills. As children read, they will learn all about the dragonfly's life cycle, food preferences, and predators.
In this dragonfly and damselfly worksheet, learners describe the differences between the two then label the head, thorax, and abdomen of each.
Students demonstrate knowledge of both the life cycle and food chain of a dragonfly. They study the adaptations that help a dragonfly survive. They research threats to dragonflies by humans.
Students learn how to identify which species of dragonflies or butterflies are found in their County by learning to read the Odonata or Lepidoptera checklist to find the scientific names; they also search field guides and the Internet for (1) the common name (2) description (3) life habits and (4) a photograph. The findings can be published as a poster, a book, or a bulletin board display.
Students explore folktales. In this folktale lesson, students read and discuss elements of a folktales. Students create their own folktale with all elements and illustrate their writing. 
Students identify and interpret the value of the dragonfly as a predator of the mosquito. They create their own folktales using the dragonfly or a creature of their choice to solve the malaria problem or another issue. Students also create a story-line map and fill it in with details of one of the stories read in class. Finally, they write and illustrate their stories.
Students use construction paper and clothespins to make a paper dragonfly. They place eyes on the dragonfly and use magic markers to add any detail they choose.
For this science worksheet, 2nd graders will connect the dots from one to forty-two to create a dragonfly. Students will respond to the question and write what the picture comes to be once it has been completed.
Students explain the similarities and differences in the life cycles of organisms. The instructional activity begins with a reading of Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
Students read and discuss a research article that explains the unlikely link between increased fish populations and increased plant pollination. They answer reading guide questions to discover this ecological relationship.
Students draw and paint with different classroom materials to create a stormy painting, a storm cloud windsock, egg decorating, dragonflies, and cattails. In this wind and rain lesson plan, students create these art projects that deal with wind and rain.
Students identify the parts of a dragonfly that they drew. They write a very short non-fiction story (mainly with pictures) about the adventure of a dragonfly. They interview a person dressed as a dragonfly to find out some things about his life.
Students observe the changes that occur during the growth and development of insects and frogs.  In this life cycles instructional activity, students read a book, watch a video clip, and work collaboratively in small groups to identify the correct order to show the life cycle of a specified animal.  
In this counting worksheet, students draw and count the number of dragonflies in each picture. Students complete and color a total of 12 pictures.

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