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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

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

Bulletin Board Ideas

Insects Bulletin Board Example
Insects Bulletin Board
Ladybug Pattern


The Very Hungry Caterpillar Activities Booklet
Tarantulas Reading Warm-Up
Vertebrates and Invertebrates Word Fill-In
Animal Habitat Crossword Puzzle
Body Parts of an Ant
Butterfly Life Cycle Worksheet
More Popular Insect Printables

Lesson Plans

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

Clip Art

Insect Habitats
Stag Beetles
Locust 2
Dragonfly Eggs
Looper Caterpillar
Adult Ant
More Insect Clip Art

Insect Activities for Art, Music, & Drama

The Butterfly's Story
The Butterfly Story
Spider Count
Imaginary Insect Zoo
Hey There, Stink Bug! Activity Guide
More Insect Activities for Art, Music, & Drama

Literature & Language Arts Activities on Insects

The Very Hungry Caterpillar
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Poster & Activities
Communities Vocabulary
Plant Enemy!
Science Reading Warm-Up: Butterflies
Millipedes Reading Warm-Up
More Insect Activities for Literature & Language Arts

Insect Activities for Math Class

Communities -- Teacher Checklist
Place Value through Hundreds (Gr. 3)
Literature & Math: The Best Bug Parade & The ABCs of Art

Insects & Social Studies Connected

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

Science Activities on Insects

The Ants Have It!
Planarians and Light
Dominant or Recessive?
Planimal House
Animal Apartments
Observing Pillbug Behavior
Investigate Activity: Observing the Life Cycle of a Beetle
More Science Activities on Insects

Earth Science Resources on Insects

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

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