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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

Insects Bulletin Board Example
Insects Bulletin Board
Ladybug Pattern


The Very Hungry Caterpillar Activities Booklet
Vertebrates and Invertebrates Word Fill-In
Animal Habitat Crossword Puzzle
Body Parts of an Ant
Butterfly Life Cycle Worksheet
Insects in the Garden
Millipedes Reading Warm-Up
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

Carrion Flower
Flight Muscles in a Wasp (Downward Wingbeat)
Diving Beetle
Thorn Bug
Common Wasp
Leafcutter Ants
More Insect Clip Art

Insect Activities for Art, Music, & Drama

Ralph Masiello's Bug Drawing Book Coloring Page
Butterfly Mobile
Spider Count
The Butterfly Story
The Butterfly's Story
More Insect Activities for Art, Music, & Drama

Literature & Language Arts Activities on Insects

Two Bad Ants Teacher's Guide
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Poster & Activities
Ants Reading Warm-Up
The Tarantula Scientist Classroom Activities Packet
Ladybugs Reading Warm-Up
A Froggy Fable Activities
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

Social Insects
Communities Vocabulary
Second-Grade Soil Scientists
Science and Social Studies: Spiders
How the Chinese Use Insects
Kingfisher Knowledge Guide: Dangerous Creatures Teacher's Guide
What Makes Your Hive Thrive? Worksheet
More Insect Resources for Social Studies Class

Science Activities on Insects

The Ants Have It!
Am I an Insect?
Dominant or Recessive?
A Butterfly's Life Cycle
Investigate Activity: Observing the Life Cycle of a Beetle
What Are the Parts of an Ant?
The Moth Message
More Science Activities on Insects

Earth Science Resources on Insects

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

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December Calendar of Events
December is full of events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: World AIDS Day (12/1), International Volunteer Day (12/6), Hanukkah (begins at sundown 12/6), Handwashing Awareness Week (12/6-12), Computer Science Education Week (12/7-13), Human Rights Day (12/10), Winter Solstice (12/22), Christmas (12/25), Kwanzaa (begins 12/26), Visit the Zoo Day (12/27), and New Year's Eve (12/31). Plus, celebrate Bingo's Birthday Month, Universal Human Rights Month, and Write to a Friend Month all December long!

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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 (and now in print!), 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.