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

Length

45 to 60 minutes

Curriculum Standards

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.2.1

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

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.2.2

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

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.2.4

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

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.2.7

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

Materials

  • 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

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