Insects Lesson Plan for Kindergarten

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

This lesson plan will help Kindergarten students identify insects and their needs while using informational text to identify important information and answer questions about the text.

Learning Objective

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

  • differentiate between insects and other living things
  • identify the needs of insects
  • use informational text to answer questions about insects

Length

45-60 minutes

NGSS and Common Core Curriculum Standards

NGSS.K-LS1-1.

Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.K.1

With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key details in a text.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.K.2

With prompting and support, identify the main topic and retell key details of a text.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.K.3

With prompting and support, describe the connection between two individuals, events, ideas, or pieces of information in a text.

Materials

  • chart paper
  • index cards (prepared with names of parts of an insect)
  • markers
  • picture cards of various spiders and insects

Vocabulary

  • antennae
  • colonies
  • exoskeleton
  • invertebrates
  • prey
  • thorax

Reading & Discussion

  • Create a Frayer model on chart paper. Draw a line down the center of the chart paper both vertically and horizontally to create 4 boxes. Label the boxes with the following:
    • What is an insect?
    • What is not an insect?
    • Examples of insects.
    • Needs of insects.
  • Ask students to use their prior knowledge about insects to fill out the Frayer model.
  • Read the text lesson Insect Lesson for Kids: Facts & Habitats aloud to students.
  • Pause after the 'Insects Are Everywhere!' section to ask the following questions:
    • What are the parts of an insect? How do you think insects use each of these parts?
    • How is an insect's body similar and different from yours?
  • Read the remainder of the lesson to students. Pause to ask:
    • What is the difference between a spider and an insect?
    • What did you learn about insects from this lesson?
  • Turn and talk:
    • What is your favorite insect? Why?
  • Revisit the Frayer model to see if students have any additional information to add.

Activities

The students will be divided into three groups if available to rotate through the following centers at 10-15 minute intervals. Alternately, students may individually work on these activities.

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