Dragonfly Teacher Resources
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New! The Dragonflies of Summer
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.
Dragonfly Anatomy: Dragonfly Magnet or Pin
Learners build anatomically correct dragonflies of polymer clay, use vocabulary for body parts, and define the function of the body parts as adaptations for survival.
Life Cycles of Frogs, Dragonflies, And Butterflies
Students explain the similarities and differences in the life cycles of organisms. The lesson begins with a reading of Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
Territorial Behavior in Dragonflies and Damselflies
High schoolers 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.
Illinois County Dragonfly Poster
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.
Insect Body Parts and their Functions
Students explore all the parts of an insects body and assess their specific functions. They review an extensive vocabulary list of terms and then relate the parts of an insect to those of a human being. Dragonfly Poetry is also taught within this lesson as well as an insect song.
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.
A Water Dilemma - Mapping Dragonfly Pond
Students simulate roles as concerned citizens who are discussing the wetland ecosystem of a pond. They role play as they research and discuss the affects that human actions such as development have on the biotic and abiotic life of the pond habitat. They use handheld computers to compile information.
Stories of Hope: Dragonfly and Mosquito
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.
Stories of Hope: Dragonfly and Mosquito
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.
Life Cycles of Frogs, Dragonflies, and Butterflies
Learners observe the changes that occur during the growth and development of insects and frogs. In this life cycles lesson, 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.
For this counting worksheet, students draw and count the number of dragonflies in each picture. Students complete and color a total of 12 pictures.
Paper and Clothespin Dragonflies
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.
In this counting skills worksheet, students examine 6 pictured dragonflies and color them according to the provided directions.
Learners 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.
Food Chains: Integrating Science and Reading
Using a high interest science topic, like the food chain, can get students excited about reading, math, and more! A multitue of wonderful ideas that have cross-curricular connections.
Dragonfly Dot To Dot
In 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.
Learners recognize the habitats of animals that live near or in a pond. In this pond lesson, students examine pond water and look for pond organisms. Learners observe organisms with a loupe and complete a worksheet.
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.
Are You an Ant?
Students investigate different insects in their backyard. In this insect lesson plan, students read the book Are You and Ant? and apply the reading to their backyards. Students create a list of animals that begin with the the letter A an make a alphabet scrapbook. Students discuss the life cycle of a butterfly.