- B.A. Anthropology, University of California Santa Barbara
- M.A. Education, University of Southern California
- California Teaching Credential K-12
Butterfly Facts and Questions
Here are two great worksheets that will help your class explore the wonders of butterflies. First, they go to a children's website and look up questions and answers that will help them fill in worksheet one. Then, they will draw and complete each of four sections of worksheet two in order to show the butterfly life cycle. The resource can be used to investigate butterflies or any other insect.
Alphabet insects! Who has ever heard of such a thing? Get ready because your class is going to research insects that start with a specific letter of the alphabet. In small groups, they'll use the Internet and reference texts to locate common insects that begin with the assigned letter. Then they are challenged with the task of using insect behavior and physical characteristics to classify all the buggy names they collected during research. This is a great instructional activity that incorporates several key skill sets and looks like a lot of fun.
Beneficial Bug Scavenger Hunt
Going on a scavenger hunt sounds like a great way to spice up any lesson plan. To better understand how beneficial insects are, the class goes outdoors to search for and observe a bug that has big benefits. Included in the instructional activity are images, a field observation sheet, a research sheet, and information on several key insects.
Field Guide to Schoolyard Insects and Their Relatives
Sometimes all you need to complete your perfect lesson plan is an awesome hands-on learning experience. Here is an extension activity that is sure to excite your learners. They'll head outside to observe the local insect community. When they reconvene, they'll discuss their insect's habits and behaviors and then compile their findings in a class-made field guide.
Today we are talking about one of the stealthiest, sneakiest, and most intriguing insects of all times, the spider. Learners will examine the predatory nature of these super bugs as they conduct a spider safari survey. Each child will observe a spider in their home or yard for 30 minutes, research that spider's particular habits and hunting strategies, and then present their findings to the class. This is a really fun learning idea that can be used with any unit on spiders or insects.