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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
More DK Worksheets

Technology Resources

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

Bulletin Board Ideas

Ladybug Pattern
Insects Bulletin Board
Insects Bulletin Board Example


The Very Hungry Caterpillar Activities Booklet
Animal Habitat Crossword Puzzle
Butterfly Life Cycle Worksheet
Insects in the Garden
Body Parts of an Ant
Vertebrates and Invertebrates Word Fill-In
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Poster & Activities
More Popular Insect Printables

Lesson Plans

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

Clip Art

Insect Habitats
Fossilized Dragonfly
Birdwing Butterfly
Peppered Moth
Dragonfly Metamorphosis
Adult Ant
Thorn Bug
More Insect Clip Art

Insect Activities for Art, Music, & Drama

Spider Count
Decorating Bug Squad Puppets
The Butterfly's Story
The Butterfly Story
Imaginary Insect Zoo
More Insect Activities for Art, Music, & Drama

Literature & Language Arts Activities on Insects

The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Two Bad Ants Teacher's Guide
Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy Activity Kit
Science Reading Warm-Up: Insects
Behold the Beautiful Dung Beetle Activity & Discussion Guide
Communities Vocabulary
More Insect Activities for Literature & Language Arts

Insect Activities for Math Class

Communities -- Teacher Checklist
Place Value through Hundreds (Gr. 3)
Hey There, Stink Bug! Activity Guide
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

A Butterfly's Life Cycle
Am I an Insect?
Planimal House
Planarians and Light
Observing Pillbug Behavior
The Ants Have It!
More Science Activities on Insects

Earth Science Resources on Insects

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

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August is Back to School Month and many of you will be returning to the classroom very soon. Feeling unprepared? We have you covered! Check out our very best resources and advice for New Teachers (applicable for the new and experienced), as well as Bulletin Board ideas, Icebreakers, Open House materials, and general Classroom Management tips for a successful new school year.

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August Calendar of Events
August is full events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: Friendship Day (8/2), President Obama's Birthday (8/4/1961), Astronaut Neil Armstrong's Birthday (8/5/1930), International Art Appreciation Day (8/9), International Youth Day (8/12), Aviation Day (8/19), Tooth Fairy Day (8/22), International Day for Remembrance of Slave Trade & Its Abolition (8/23), and Women's Equality Day (8/26). Plus, celebrate Back to School Month and Get Ready for Kindergarten Month all August long!

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.