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Backyard Bugs Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Instructor: Jennifer Smith

Jenn has been an educator for 10 years. She has a master's degree in Teacher Leadership and a bachelors degree in Elementary Education and English Language Acquisition.

Bugs are everywhere and have very important jobs to do! This lesson plan provides students with a new way to look at backyard bugs and gives students a chance to get up close to these bugs to see why they are so important to humans and the environment.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • understand why bugs are so important to the environment
  • determine specific bugs' purposes within the environment

Length

30-60 minutes

Common Core Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.1

Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.7

Use information gained from illustrations (e.g., maps, photographs) and the words in a text to demonstrate understanding of the text (e.g., where, when, why, and how key events occur).

Vocabulary

  • insect
  • environment
  • grubs
  • aphids
  • iridescent

Materials:

  • Backyard Insects by Millicent E. Selsam
  • Chart paper
  • Markers

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