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Beneficial Insects

For Students 4th - 5th Standards
A lot of people think of insects as pests. But actually, some insects are beneficial because they get rid of pests! After learning about beneficial insects, class members research given insects to find out if they are pests or predators.
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Beneficial Bug Scavenger Hunt

For Teachers 4th - 5th
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 lesson plan...
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Conservation in Small Spaces: Plant-Insect Interactions

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Learners explore ways that plants and insects impact each other, identify how different types of mouthparts allow insects to use plants in different ways, and design an insect and a plant to demonstrate mutualism.
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Let’s Raise Lacewings

For Teachers 4th - 5th Standards
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.
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Beneficial Bug Scavenger Hunt

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Many people think of bugs as annoying pests to be squashed, but most insects and spiders are beneficial, eating the actual pests or pollinating plants. After reviewing some of the common bugs in your area (they may differ from those...
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Beneficial Insects

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students explain different beneficial insects and useful qualities. They are exposed to exotic and common insect species.
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Field Guide to Schoolyard Insects and Their Relatives

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
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...
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Too Much of a Good Thing?

For Students 4th - 5th
Continuing their study of beneficial insects, young entomologists discover where in the world some of these bugs are. By labeling, coloring, and using the scale on a map, pupils explore the territories and arrival of the Asian lady...
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Little Bees, Big Potential

For Teachers 6th - 9th
After reading an article on the alfalfa leafcutting bee, learners chart its characteristics alongside those of the honeybee. Then they draw the leafcutter lifecycle. The article provides fascinating reading when studying the role of...
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Insects Are Helpful!

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students see that insects do lots good and are very valuable to humans and nature. This is part of an ongoing effort to dispel fears of insects. They rotate through a series of centers that have examples of how insects contribute to our...
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Get to Know- Insects, Spiders and Others

For Teachers 1st - 4th
Students investigate live insects. For this insects and spiders lesson, students work in groups to explore the outdoors and capture insects. Students observe, discuss and record information about the insects they discover. Students...
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COMMON KINDS OF INSECTS

For Teachers 2nd - 3rd
Students will recognize and name three common insects.1. Share background information with students. 2. Provide students with the "bug body" puzzle pages, and have them cut the puzzles out.1. Share background information with students....
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Stream Watch

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students discuss why it is important to take care of streams, what is non-point source and point source pollution, what are some causes of pollution in streams, and what can we do to prevent some of these causes of pollution? They steam...
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Beneficial Bug Scavenger Hunt

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Students identify several beneficial insects and spiders, including predators and pollinators. They search an outdoor environment and record numbers and types of beneficial insects and spiders that they discover.
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The World of Insects and Spiders

For Teachers 1st - 2nd
Students identify numerous insects and their body parts.  In this insect life lesson, students practice using scientific vocabulary while comparing the different parts of spiders and insects.  Students view several videos discussing the...
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Adding Adaptations to Insects

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders investigate elements of physical adaptation in insects and organisms. They discover how adaptations can select an insect for survival and make an insect that be used in an outdoor discovery activity.
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Insects And Pests

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
In this insect worksheet, students determine whether 6 different affects from insects are good or bad. Students also write at least 3 beneficial insects and 3 pests.
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Ant Antics

For Teachers 7th - 8th Standards
The largest ant colony ever found was more than 3,750 miles wide. In the activity, learners discuss ants and how people control them using insecticides. In groups, scholars then conduct experiments to test the effectiveness of three...
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Creepy, Crawly Critters

For Teachers K - 4th
Students study characteristics of insects by creating models from an assortment of materials. They create rubrics showing what an insect must have and create an insect, using a bag of materials. They cut out the puzzle insects included...
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Bug Sweep

For Teachers 1st - 2nd
Learners observe and categorize insects. In this insects science lesson, students create a bug catcher out of a coat hanger and plastic bag, then collect bugs from the schoolyard. Learners count and categorize the insects according to...
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The Global Impact of Insect Borne Diseases & Agriculture

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students study the global impact of insect borne diseases, the appropriate use of pesticides, and the concept of human interrelations on a world wide scale. They examine how to safely apply a pesticide, according to the label.
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Insect Biology and Ecology: A Primer

For Teachers 4th - 7th
Students explore insects and closely related organisms. They examine the growth and development of a lady beetle. Students classify insects and organize them. They investigate pest management.
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WHAT'S ORGANIC?

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students explore how certain foods come to be certified "organic." They write the words "organic" and "synthetic" and given the definitions of each. Students are given dictionaries. They are asked: "What is organic food?" Students grow...
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WHO CARES FOR THE LAND?

For Teachers 2nd - 3rd
Students explore the importance of natural resources. They are given copies of the story, "Who Cares For The Land," and students follow along as the teacher reads it. Students identify the key points in the story. (Soil, water and air...