Core Knowledge Foundation
Insects Tell It Again!™ Read-Aloud Anthology
New ReviewA read-aloud anthology explores the world of bees, wasps, beetles, termites, ants, fireflies, and more. Scholars listen to stories and discuss topics and practice word work. Extension opportunities keep the learning going in and out of...
A wonderful lesson plan on the many benefits of having spiders and bugs around us. Learners discover how important these bugs are to our ecosystem. The instructional activity helps young biologists see the differences between spiders and...
Spiders are the topic of a reading comprehension reading practice interactive. Scholars read an informational text, then answer 10 questions.
Head Lice: Grades K-2
Head lice—how not to get or give it. Scholars read or listen to kid-friendly articles that offer information about head lice. They complete a worksheet that identifies items they should and should not share with their peers.
Head Lice: Grades 3-5
Keep lice away with a instructional activity that focuses on best practices. Scholars discuss what lice are, where it can be found, how it can be prevented and cured. A worksheet challenges pupils to examine items they use every day. A...
Insect Picture Word Cards
Creepy crawly insects! Learn the names of 12 different insects, including ladybugs, cicadas, and katydids. Each card features a picture of the insect as well as its name in large letters.
National Park Service
The Young Naturalist
Beginning with a brief history of our 26th president, Theodore Roosevelt, then followed by a discussion of his interest in nature, young scientists take to the outdoors to locate and observe local plants and insects. Scholars return to...
Johnson County Community College
Treasured Stories by Eric Carle
Explore the works of Eric Carle with a set of four lessons focused around the stories, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, Papa, Please Get the Moon For Me, and The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Young readers develop a storyboard,...
Spring Find a Fact Addition
Test scholars' knowledge of addition facts with a festive worksheet that makes adding a two-person game. Pairs examine a grid of numbers to locate and color addition facts. Last person to color three squares wins!
Field Day: Be an IPM Detective
Become a pest detective! Individually or in small groups, scholars scout the land to discover which pests—plant and animal—inhabit it, determine whether the pests are endangering the environment, and summarize their findings.
Go on a weed hunt! Scholars gain insight into the characteristics of plants and examine the outdoor environment in order to identify five different types of weeds. Learners then show what they know with a one-page reflection.
Find out the characteristics that makes a bug an insect with a workbook designed to inform scholars about the crawly creatures that live around us. Scholars complete an ant-themed word search, answer questions using a solution key, and...
What is IPM?
Discover what a pest is and how to identify one with a lesson that looks closely at our outside world and taxonomy. Scholars investigate insects and plants to practice their identification skills, take a survey, and explore the...
Trap Your Own Insects: What’s in Your Backyard?
Young entomologists construct three types of insect traps—pitfall, pollinator, and panel—before setting their traps out and observing what they caught. They then observe what types of insects the different traps attract.
Michigan State University
All About Insects
Insects are the focus of an activity that looks deep into the anatomy and metamorphosis of everyday bugs. Two worksheets reinforce knowledge obtained through a teacher-guided grand conversation and insect observation.
Wasps and Ladybugs
Can a good bug ever become a bad bug? An elementary entomology resource explores what to do when too many ladybugs or too many bees are in your home and can become a problem.
Let’s Raise Lacewings
Young entomologists explored beneficial insects and how they help control pests in the first lesson of the series. Now class members take a close look at the lacewing, which is a beneficial insect.
Young entomologists discover insect anatomy in a very detailed unit plan. Offering background information for teachers about various insects, class members explore the differences between bugs and insects—and yes, there are many...
How diverse is the rainforest? How much more diverse is a rain forest than a temperate forest? Explore these focus questions in a lesson that explores the plants, animals, and insects in forests. After listening to a reading about...
After generating a list of the creatures that live in a garden, primary graders select a creature, either a garden friend or foe, to observe and write about in their bug report.
My Bug Book
Practice colors and bugs with a cute mini-book. Kids follow the instructions on each page to color different bugs the correct color, and then fill in the blank to describe their own bug.
Bugs are creepy, crawly, and beautiful! Explore the world of colorful bugs with a presentation about bugs that are different colors. With red ladybugs, yellow caterpillars, and purple dragonflies, the presentation is sure to delight and...
All About Arthropods
Use a dichotomous key to classify these squirmy bugs. A paragraph provides fifth graders with some background knowledge on the animal kingdom, and explains how to use a branching key for classification. They then determine which bugs...
What happens when a living thing dies? After reading a paragraph of background knowledge on the life cycle of bugs, third and fourth graders work through four clues to figure out which bug is which. When they finish, they can study the...