Insect Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

Insects frequently get a bad rap from kids and adults alike. However, there are countless fascinating facts to learn about insects! This lesson plan uses a text lesson and fun activity to teach your students the wonders of insects.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define 'insect'
  • list key characteristics of insects
  • discuss the habitats of insects


45 to 60 minutes

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 topic of a multiparagraph text as well as the focus of specific paragraphs within the text.


Determine the meaning of words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 2 topic or subject area.


Explain how specific images (e.g., a diagram showing how a machine works) contribute to and clarify a text.


  • Assorted images showing different types of insects
  • Paper copies of the text lesson Insect Lesson for Kids: Facts & Habitats
  • A worksheet created using the quiz from the associated text lesson
  • Drawing paper
  • Colored pencils


  • Begin by holding up the images of the insects, one at a time, as students call out the name for each one.
    • What do these animals have in common?
  • Pass out the paper copies of the text lesson to the class.
  • Have the students take turns reading aloud, a line each, from the introduction and 'Insects are Everywhere!'.
    • Did you guess that all of the animals in the images are insects?
    • What are insects?
    • Name the characteristics of insects.
    • Why are insects called invertebrates?
    • What is an exoskeleton?
    • How do insects move?
  • Tell the students to take turns reading aloud from the 'Spiders are Not Insects' section of the text lesson.
    • How are spiders and insects different?
  • Have the students take turns reading aloud from the 'Where do Insects Live?' section of the text lesson.
    • Where do insects live?
  • Tell the class to take turns reading aloud from the remainder of the text lesson.
    • How many different types of insects are there?
    • What is special about the Hercules beetle?
    • What is your favorite type of insect?
  • Distribute the worksheet to the class, one for each student.
  • Work together as a class to complete the worksheet, relating each question back to the text lesson when possible.

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