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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.
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 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.
Learners 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.
Learners 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.
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. 
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 dragonfly and damselfly worksheet, students describe the differences between the two then label the head, thorax, and abdomen of each.
In this counting worksheet, students draw and count the number of dragonflies in each picture. Students complete and color a total of 12 pictures.
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.
Pupils 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 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.
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.
In this counting skills worksheet, students examine 6 pictured dragonflies and color them according to the provided directions.
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.
Students 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. Students observe organisms with a loupe and complete a worksheet.
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. 

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