Insect Anatomy and Life Cycles Unit Plan
With this unit on the life cycles and fascinating characteristics of insects, kids create their own butterfly figures, engage in dramatic play, and more.
- Grades: PreK–K
The world of insects is so exciting to kindergarteners. In this unit, students will create insects of their own and use them for dramatic play. They will learn about metamorphosis and make a representation of a butterfly's life cycle. Students will also observe and record the life cycle of one or more insects.
- Examine the physical characteristics of insects and spiders
- Understand the various ways in which insects move: jump, fly, crawl, or swim
- Observe and record the metamorphosis of one or more insects
- Contrast the larva and adult insect
- Sequence the life cycle of an insect
Lesson Plans for this Unit
Students write or dictate poems about the insects they created and then perform them for their parents at a Bug Bash. Prior to this event, students make the following "insect" delicacies that will be served:
- Ants on a Log: Peanut butter spread on celery and topped with raisins
- Ladybug Cupcakes: Bright red frosted cupcakes with five chocolate chips for spots and six stick pretzels for legs
- Nectar Juice: Fruit juice sipped through a straw poked through the center of a paper cut-out flower