Grasshopper Facts: Lesson for Kids

Grasshopper Facts: Lesson for Kids
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  • 0:03 What Are Grasshoppers?
  • 0:46 Where Grasshoppers Live
  • 1:14 Eating and Growing
  • 1:45 Fun Facts About Grasshoppers
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Instructor: Mary Grace Miller

Mary Grace has taught first grade for 8 years and has a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and is licensed in ESL.

What are grasshoppers? What do they eat? Where do they live? How do they grow? This lesson will answer all of these questions and teach you lots of fun facts about grasshoppers!

What Are Grasshoppers?

You've probably seen grasshoppers in your yard, on TV, or in a book, but what kind of animal is a grasshopper? A grasshopper an insect. Insects are animals that have six legs, three body sections, and two antennae. Their bodies have a hard outer shell.

Most insects have wings, and grasshoppers have two pairs of wings--one in the front of their bodies and one in the back. Grasshoppers are usually green or brown. They are very small, usually one to five inches long. That's smaller than your hand! They also have long back legs that help them jump a long way. You can think of a grasshopper as an insect on a pogo stick.

A grasshopper
grasshopper

Where Grasshoppers Live

Grasshoppers live all over the world, usually in fields or meadows. The only places they do not live are the very cold north and south poles. Did you know that green grasshoppers live near green leaves, and brown grasshoppers live near the ground? This is because grasshoppers protect themselves using camouflage. Camouflage means blending in with your surroundings. Grasshoppers blend into their environment so other animals do not eat them.

This grasshopper lives near green leaves.
grasshopper

Eating and Growing

Grasshoppers are herbivores. This means that they eat plants, and their strong jaws help them chew. Some kinds of grasshoppers eat only certain kinds of plants, but other grasshoppers eat all kinds of plants, especially grass. Guess that's how they got their name!

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