Bugs Are Insects by Anne Rockwell Lesson Plan

Instructor: Bethany Calderwood

Bethany has taught special education in grades PK-5 and has a master's degree in special education.

This lesson plan uses Anne Rockwell's 'Bugs Are Insects' to teach about the characteristics of insects and bugs. The lesson includes guided note taking, research and presentations, and a creative application component.

Lesson Objectives

As a result of this lesson, the students will be able to:

  • identify key details from the text.
    • Criteria that make a creature an insect (six legs, three body parts)
    • Criteria that make an insect a bug
  • apply these key details to other informational texts on insects/bugs.


  • 1-2 hours

Curriculum Standards


Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.


Identify the main purpose of a text, including what the author wants to answer, explain, or describe.


Compare and contrast the most important points presented by two texts on the same topic.

Vocabulary and Terms

  • Insect
  • Bug
  • Head, thorax, abdomen
  • External skeleton


  • Bugs Are Insects by Anne Rockwell
  • Handouts for guided note taking (see image for sample)
  • Grade-appropriate informational text (books and/or articles) about insects, bugs, and arachnids
    • Suggestions include: DK Eyewitness Books: Insect, Are You a Ladybug? by Judy Allen and Tudor Humphries (and other books in that series), National Geographic Ultimate Bugopedia
  • Materials for writing and drawing

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