Insects and Bugs
Lesson plans, activities, and other resources to teach students about bugs and insects of all shapes and sizes.
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8, 9–12
Insects Versus Bugs
A collection of fun online activities and resources to introduce your students to the world of insects and bugs.
Introduce students to observation, classification, and inference skills while also teaching them how to find and predict patterns.
Students learn about metamorphosis by watching one or more insects change from egg or larva to pupa to adult. They record the process and make a life cycle picture.
Let our many-legged insect friends inspire some science fun with these five bug-friendly activites for the classroom and the playground.
In this crafty lesson plan, students make their own insects to learn about the physical characteristics and anatomy of insects.
Ms. Frizzle turns her students into bees, spiders, butterflies, grasshoppers, and more to show them how these insects live. Young readers will love learning all kinds of insect information, from how bees make honey to how fireflies flash.
Scan this Book Wizard book list for titles about bugs, insects, spiders, and other creepy crawlies!
Caterpillars and Butterflies
Use the Eric Carle classic to review several basic concepts, including counting and the days of the week, with these teaching ideas.
This springtime craft project uses dried pasta pieces to help children learn the stages of a butterfly’s life.
Observe butterfly life cycles with this lesson plan in which students prepare, plant, and maintain a butterfly habitat.
Students will illustrate a butterfly’s four-stage life cycle, from egg to caterpillar to pupa to butterfly, on a three-dimensional mobile.
To protect themselves, butterflies can blend in with their surroundings or pretend to be something they're not. Your students make a butterfly with shapes, designs, and colors that help protect it from predators.
How do the Magic School Bus kids communicate where nectar flowers are? By dancing like bees! Challenge your kids to dance the Honey-Bee-Bop to communicate the location of hidden flowers.
Learn the differences between a regular honeybee hive and a killer bee hive, as well as how people have learned to coexist with the meanacing killer bees!
What's the best way to get to know ants better? The Magic School Bus kids watch ants and figure out what they're doing. Make your students their own temporary ant colony to observe.
This ready-to-use teaching idea offers a big way to study small insects.
The Ant Bully provides opportunities to practice close reading, determine the theme of the book, and choose precise words. Activities ask students to generate questions and find answers about real ants, perform a dramatic reading, and create a “Stop the Bully” poster.
Young children are fascinated with creepy crawly creatures. Teaching a spider unit in the fall is a perfect way to take advantage of this interest. Engaging themes help kids make connections to the real world and get them super excited about learning.
Ms. Frizzle's class takes a field trip inside a 1950s science fiction film starring giant insects! Your kids will observe spiders in their habitats, in spider hotels that you make, or in both.
What do tarantulas eat? What is the most poisonous spider? What is a spider's web made of? Scientists briefly answer these questions and more.
Be Nice to Spiders tells a friendly tale of how spiders help our ecosystem. In this lesson, students will learn that animals and plants are living things and write a class book about spiders.
Ladybugs and Beetles
Eric Carle's The Grouchy Ladybug is a great book to use when talking about time, size, and sharing. These cross-curricular activities will help your students compare and contrast the many animal characters.
Splash some spots of color into your math and science lessons with hands-on activities about the world's most popular beetle.
How does a mealworm turn into a beetle? How many types of beetles are there? Scientists share their answers.