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Parts of an 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 come in all shapes and sizes but share the same parts. This lesson plan teaches students about the parts of insects using a text lesson. An activity gives students a tangible representation of the parts of an insect.

Learning Objectives

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

  • explain key facts about insects
  • list and describe the parts of an insect
  • identify the parts of an insect on a model


45 to 60 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.


Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.


Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text.


Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words or phrases in a text relevant to a grade 4 topic or subject area.


Interpret information presented visually, orally, or quantitatively (e.g., in charts, graphs, diagrams, time lines, animations, or interactive elements on Web pages) and explain how the information contributes to an understanding of the text in which it appears.


  • Assorted images or photographs of insects
  • Paper copies of the text lesson Parts of an Insect: Lesson for Kids
  • A worksheet created using the quiz from the associated text lesson
  • Multipurpose paper
  • Pencils
  • Beads in assorted sizes
  • Quick-drying glue
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Google eyes

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