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Insects – Teacher Resources

Bugs are fascinating creatures. Explore all sorts of creepy crawlers with insect lessons, printables, and quizzes for elementary, intermediate, and secondary school students. You'll find a variety of cross-curricular activities on these invertebrates that connect science with art, math, language arts, and social studies. From printables on the life cycle of butterflies to a ladybug science activity to a spiders quiz, there are many diverse resources on nature to keep students' interest.

DK Worksheets

Insect Worksheets
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Technology Resources

Insects on the Internet
Microscopic Organisms
Kaufman Focus Guides by Kenn Kaufman

Bulletin Board Ideas

Ladybug Pattern
Insects Bulletin Board
Insects Bulletin Board Example


Are You an Ant? Teacher's Guide
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Activities Booklet
The World of Insects
Butterflies and Moths
Science Reading Warm-Up: Worms
Butterfly Life Cycle Worksheet
Body Parts of an Ant
More Popular Insect Printables

Lesson Plans

Life Cycle of Butterflies
"The Grasshopper and the Owl": A Fable by Aesop
Charlotte's Web Persuasive Letter
What Foods Attract Ants?
Butterfly Garden
Bug Buffet
More Insect Lesson Plans

Clip Art

Dragonfly Metamorphosis 2
Swallowtail Butterfly
Butterfly Chrysalis
Insect Habitats
Dragonfly Metamorphosis
Adult Dragonfly
More Insect Clip Art

Insect Activities for Art, Music, & Drama

The Butterfly Story
The Beetles and the Bedbugs Song
Hey There, Stink Bug! Activity Guide
Literature & Math: The Best Bug Parade & The ABCs of Art
Spider Count
More Insect Activities for Art, Music, & Drama

Literature & Language Arts Activities on Insects

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Poster & Activities
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Two Bad Ants Teacher's Guide
Ladybugs Reading Warm-Up
Reading Warm-Up 14 for Gr. 3 & 4: Animals
June Bugs Reading Warm-Up
Reading Warm-Up 6 for Gr. 3 & 4: Animals
More Insect Activities for Literature & Language Arts

Insect Activities for Math Class

Place Value through Hundreds (Gr. 3)
Communities -- Teacher Checklist

Insects & Social Studies Connected

Second-Grade Soil Scientists
Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears Word Puzzle
Science and Social Studies: Spiders
How the Chinese Use Insects
Communities Vocabulary
Kingfisher Knowledge Guide: Dangerous Creatures Teacher's Guide
Social Insects
More Insect Resources for Social Studies Class

Science Activities on Insects

A Butterfly's Life Cycle
Am I an Insect?
What Are the Parts of an Ant?
Insect Habitats
The Ants Have It!
Animal Apartments
More Science Activities on Insects

Earth Science Resources on Insects

Spring Crossword Puzzle I
The First Insects
Butterfly Facts and Questions
Butterfly Life Cycle Quiz
Butterfly Mobile
The Works of Eric Carle: Quiz & Answer Key
How Do Animals Adapt to the Change of Seasons?
More Earth Science Resources on Insects


Do your students love videos? We have a growing collection of videos (including related activities) for holidays and events, including: women's history, Memorial Day, Independence Day, slavery & the Civil War, U.S. Presidents, handwashing awareness, the Common Core, American History, and the environment. Enjoy!

May Calendar of Events
May is full events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: National Music Week (5/3-10), Teacher Appreciation Week (5/4-8), Children's Book Week (5/4-10), Mother's Day (5/10), Transportation Week (5/10-16), Biographers Day (5/16), Backyard Games Week (5/18-25), Buy a Musical Instrument Day (5/22), and Memorial Day (5/25). Plus, celebrate Asian-Pacific-American Heritage Month, Inventors Month, Physical Fitness & Sports Month, and Water Safety Month!

Teaching with Comics: Galactic Hot Dogs
Reach reluctant readers and English-language learners with comics! Our original teaching guides to the Galactic Hot Dogs comic series (chapters 1-4 and 5-8), as found on Funbrain.com, will take students on a cosmic adventure while engaging their creative minds. Plus, find even more activities for teaching with comics, featuring many other classic stories.

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Poptropica Teaching Guides
Poptropica is one of the Internet's most popular sites for kids—and now it's available as an app for the iPad! It's not just a place to play games; each of the islands featured on the site provides a learning opportunity. Check out our teaching guides to four of Poptropica's islands: 24 Carrot Island, Time Tangled Island, Mystery Train Island, and Mythology Island.

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