Objective: The children will discover and observe places where insects live.‹ Return to Theme
Note: A good reference for teachers is the book, The Best Book of Bugs, by Claire Llewellyn. Assign partners for children prior to going outside to share flashlights and magnifying glasses.
Insects have the following unique characteristics—a three-part body (head, thorax, and abdomen), three pairs of jointed legs, compound eyes, and two antennae. All insects have exoskeletons, which are hard shells on the outside of their bodies. The exoskeleton protects the insect from harm. Ants, bees, and moths are insects. Not all bugs are insects. For example, spiders are not insects because they have a two-part body and eight legs.
Insects, like all creatures, need air, water, food, and shelter to survive. There are more than one million different kinds of insects. Insects are found all over the world in every type of habitat. The greatest number of insects lives in forests, grasslands, and deserts. Insects are also very numerous in ponds, lakes, streams, and wetlands. Many insects are difficult to see because they blend in with their environment.
These lessons are aligned with the Common Core State Standards ("CCSS"). The CCSS provide a consistent, clear understanding of the concepts and skills children are expected to learn and guide teachers to provide their students with opportunities to gain these important skills and foundational knowledge.
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There are currently no Common Core Standards for pre-k, but these lessons are aligned as closely as possible to capture the requirements and meet the goals of Common Core Standards. However, these lessons were neither reviewed or approved by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices or the Council of Chief State School Officers, which together are the owners and developers of the Common Core State Standards.