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Lesson Plan: Insects (Science - Grade 2)

Subject:  Science

Grade: 2

Lesson Objective: To learn about what makes an insect an insect

Common Core Standard:  CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.2.1- Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.




  • What makes an insect an insect?  (Allow the students to answer.)



  • Most of the bugs that you see outside are insects.  Insects are bugs that have specific features.
  • This means that insects have body parts or numbers of body parts that are different than other bugs. 
  • Everyone has specific features.  For example, you could describe someone using the color of their hair, how tall they are or what color their eyes are.  You can do the same thing when talking about insects.
  • Raise your hand if you think you know something about insects and what makes them special.  (Allow the students to answer.)
  • Insects have six legs.  Can you think of a bug that you have seen that has six legs?  (Allow the students to answer.)
  • Can you think of a bug that does not have six legs?  (Allow the students to answer.)
  • A spider is a bug that has eight legs.  That means that it is not an insect.  Worms are also not insects because they do not have any legs.
  • You are going to read about insects.  You are then going to answer questions about what you have read.
  • 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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