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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
Ladybug Pattern
Insects Bulletin Board Example


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

Lesson Plans

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

Clip Art

Insect Coins
Stag Beetle
Fossilized Dragonfly
Jewel Beetle
More Insect Clip Art

Insect Activities for Art, Music, & Drama

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

Literature & Language Arts Activities on Insects

The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Science Reading Warm-Up: Butterflies
Two Bad Ants Teacher's Guide
The Works of Eric Carle: Quiz & Answer Key
Ladybug Girl Activity Guide
Kingfisher Knowledge Guide: Dangerous Creatures Teacher's Guide
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

Communities Vocabulary
Second-Grade Soil Scientists
Science and Social Studies: Spiders
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?
Insect Habitats
The Ants Have It!
Planarians and Light
Planimal House
More Science Activities on Insects

Earth Science Resources on Insects

Spring Crossword Puzzle I
Butterfly Facts and Questions
Butterfly Life Cycle Quiz
Spring Metamorphosis
Butterfly Mobile
The First Insects
How Do Animals Adapt to the Change of Seasons?
More Earth Science Resources on Insects

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Teaching Racism & Discrimination in America
The issues of racism, prejudice, and discrimination have plagued the United States since it was founded, and racially motivated killings still occur with frequency today. Help your students understand the historical contexts of racism—with references on slavery, immigration, and the civil rights movement—to frame your conversation on modern instances of prejudice.

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.

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.

July Calendar of Events
July is full events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: Canada Day (7/1), Independence Day (7/4/1776), World Population Day (7/11), Bastille Day in France (7/14), National Ice Cream Day (7/19), First Moon Landing (7/20/1969), World War I Began (7/28/1914), Author J.K. Rowling's Birthday (7/31/1965). Plus, celebrate Read an Almanac Month and Recreation and Parks Month all July long!

Interested in using different types of media in your classroom? We have a growing collection of videos, with related activities, for holidays and events, including: Independence Day, slavery & the Civil War, American History, U.S. Presidents, handwashing awareness, the Common Core, women's history, Memorial Day, and the environment. Enjoy!