Insects Week

Updated: Apr 17, 2020

PRINTABLES FOR THIS UNIT: https://drive.google.com/file/d/16GogGK_bhNbUt-fMFY-IK_NZ0hcFZf4c/view?usp=sharing

  • Insects coloring sheet (page 1)

  • Insect Sheet (pages 2-4)

  • Insect coloring sheet (pages 5-7)

  • Life Cycle of a Lady Bug colouring Sheet (page 8)

  • Life Cycle of a Lady Bug Activity Sheet (page 9)

  • Lady Bug Life Cycle Activity Sheets (pages 10-12)

  • Life Cycle of a Honey Bee Worksheet (page 13)

  • Honey Bee Tracing Sheet (page 14)

  • Honey Bee Matching Game (page 15)

  • Assemble your own Bee (page 16)

  • Bee Lifecycle Book (page 17-19)

  • Bee Lifecycle Vocabulary Worksheet (page 20)

  • Label Parts of the Bee (page 21)

  • Stand Up Grasshopper Project (page 22)

  • Grasshopper Mask Project (page 23)

Monday, April 13

Main Lesson: What is an insect?

Insects are the largest animal group on earth. About 85% of the whole animal kingdom is made up of insects and they are everywhere. Things all insects have in common: • They move quickly in their environment • They are small • They all have 6 legs • Their body is divided by 3 body parts (head, thorax and abdomen) • They have 2 antennae • Some of them have wings

Insects go through many body changes during their cycle of life and this is called metamorphosis.

Website Resources:

10 Interesting Insects https://youtu.be/uiqDniB8T6A

Inspect an Insect https://youtu.be/3166nK3Gym8

Insect Song


Sung in the tune of Heads, Shoulder, Knees, and Toes.

Book Ideas: Bugs are Insects by Anne Rockwell https://youtu.be/1fd4-0g042s

Incredible insects by Storyweaver https://www.podbean.com/ew/pb-syj85-ba75a9

Art Project Idea: https://www.easypeasyandfun.com/printable-bug-puppets/

Tuesday, April 14

Main Lesson: Lady Bugs

Ladybugs are insects. They are also called lady birds or lady beetles. They are small, oval-shaped winged insects. Ladybugs come in many colors such as pink, yellow, white, black, orange and red. Ladybugs have black spots, some have four spots, others have nine spots and some ladybugs don’t have any spot. Ladybugs makes a chemical that smells and taste bad so predators will not eat them. Also, the spots on their wings help them to keep safe because birds do not eat insects with red or orange spots because they know they don’t have a good taste.

The Life Cycle of a Ladybug The ladybug goes through the same four stages as a butterfly, or any other insect. The egg stage, the larvae stage, the pupa stage, and the adult ladybug stage. You know what adult ladybugs look like, but you wouldn't even recognize them before they get to that final stage of their lives.

Website Resources

The Lifecycle of a Ladybug https://youtu.be/SvHWxDjfFB8

Time Lapse of Ladybug Life Cycle https://youtu.be/wqddneGYkc4

Book Ideas: Bugs! Bugs! Bugs! by Bob Barner https://youtu.be/H6HKKXuzOlk The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle https://youtu.be/Jr3ha03MsK0

Frank Leto's Ladybug Ladybug Song


Art Project Idea: https://www.artycraftykids.com/craft/easy-cd-snail-craft/

Wednesday, April 15

Main Lesson: Honey Bees and their Environment

A bee is an insect. It has four wings which it uses to fly, six legs and five eyes. Honey bees make the sweet honey that we can eat and buy in shops. Honey is made from the nectar the worker bee collect from flowers. In the hive, bees communicate with each other by doing a special sort of dance called the waggle dance. They do this to tell each other important information, such as where they can find food outside of the colony. Worker bees collect nectar and pollen for their food and bring it back to the hive for the other bees to eat. They drink the nectar and pollen using their long tongues, which they use just like a straw! Bees play an important role in pollinating flowering plants, and are the major type of pollinator in our ecosystem.

National Geographic: Amazing Time-Lapse: Bees Hatch Before Your Eyes


Book Ideas: The Honeybee and the Robber by Eric Carle https://youtu.be/yLTCSwNQ4r8 The Honey Markers by Gail Gibbons https://youtu.be/PcF_6edxlow

Art Project Ideas:


Thursday, April 16

Main Lesson: Grasshopper

Grasshoppers have two antennae, 6 legs, two pairs of wings and small little pinchers to tear off food such as grasses, leaves and cereal crops. Some species of grasshopper species make noises by either rubbing their back legs against the forewings or body, or by snapping their wings when flying. Grasshoppers grow to around 2 inches (5 cm), with some growing as big as 5 inches (12.7cm). Female are usually larger than males Grasshoppers are often colored in a way that camouflages them in their local habitat, green ones in grassy fields, sandy colored in dirt and desert areas The grasshopper can jump as far as it does because its hind legs act like miniature catapults. It bends its legs at the knee, mechanism within the knee works like a spring, storing up energy. When the grasshopper is ready to jump, it relaxes the leg muscles, allowing the spring to release flinging it into the air.

Cricket vs. Grasshopper

Book Ideas: The Very Quiet Cricket by Eric Carle https://youtu.be/YdiGEjz5b0Q

The Grasshopper and the Ant an Aesop’s fable adapted by Margaretha Rabe https://youtu.be/Ha5aE56k6ng

Art Project Idea: https://thepinterestedparent.com/2015/07/footprint-grasshopper-craft/

Friday, April 17

Main Lesson: Name that Insect!

Art Project Ideas:



Book Idea:

There was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Fly by Lucille Colandro


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