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Lesson Plan: Insects (Reading - Grade 2)

Subject:  Reading

Grade: 2

Lesson Objective: To read the poem, “A World of Bugs”, and answer questions about the poem

Common Core Standard:  CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.4- Describe how words and phrases (e.g., regular beats, alliteration, rhymes, repeated lines) supply rhythm and meaning in a story, poem, or song.




  • Have you ever been bothered by a bug?  What happened?  (Allow the students to answer.)



  • Today we are going to be talking about insects.  Another word for insect is bug.  There are insects all around us.
  • Some insects fly, some insects crawl and some insects even jump. 
  • Insects can be incredibly helpful.  Some pollinate plants.  Others eat insects that are harmful.  Insects can also be harmful to people, animals or plants.
  • You are now going to be reading a poem about insects.
  • Poems can be written in many different ways.  Sometimes a poem tells a story or has a message.  Some poems rhyme and some do not.
  • When a poem rhymes and you read it, it can almost feel like the poem has a beat like a song.
  • As you read the poem, I want you to be thinking about what is happening in the poem, but I also want you to be thinking about the words that the author is using.  Do the words and the way the words are put together make it easier to read the poem?  Does the poem have a beat?
  • I am going to give you a worksheet that has questions about the poem.  After you have finished doing the worksheet, we will talk about your answers.
  • Does anyone have any questions?



  • Who would like to share your answers?  (Allow the students to share.)

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Written by Kimberly Greacen, Education World® Contributing Writer

Kimberly is an educator with extensive experience in curriculum writing and developing instructional materials to align with Common Core State Standards and Bloom's Taxonomy.

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