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.
Bug hunts, insect crafts, and other fun ways to take advantage of the many squirmy, springtime life forms.
When is an insect not a bug? Do all insects bite? Experts answer 20 of the most common questions about creepy crawlies.
In this crafty lesson plan, students make their own insects to learn about the physical characteristics and anatomy of insects.
Let our many-legged insect friends inspire some science fun with these five bug-friendly activites for the classroom and the playground.
Children will develop math skills including measurement, estimation, and prediction in this ready-to-use teaching idea for mixed ages.
This simple, inexpensive craft offers a great way to display students' names.
Learn about those creepy crawlers from Ms. Frizzle, who answers student questions about bugs and 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
We've been learning all about the life cycle of the butterfly in our classroom. Take a peek at what we did last week.
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.
Observe butterfly life cycles with this lesson plan in which students prepare, plant, and maintain a butterfly habitat.
This springtime craft project uses dried pasta pieces to help children learn the stages of a butterfly’s life.
Create these fun caterpillars to celebrate spring and Eric Carle’s picture book The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
Students can create this colorful, fun craft project, personalized with footprints, as a gift for parents.
Students will illustrate a butterfly’s four-stage life cycle, from egg to caterpillar to pupa to butterfly, on a three-dimensional mobile.
How to use the Eric Carle classic to review several basic concepts, including counting and the days of the week.
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.
John Nickle’s story provides the opportunity to model how to do a close reading to determine the theme of the book and how to choose strong and precise words. Activities engage students in generating questions and finding answers about real ants, performing a dramatic reading of the book, and creating a “Stop the Bully” poster.
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.