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Lesson Plan: Insects

Subject:  Science

Grade: 3

Lesson Objective: To learn about insects and be able to explain what makes an insect an insect

StandardCCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.1- Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.




  • Do you like insects?  Why or why not?  (Allow the students to answer.)



  • There are over a million different types of insects in the world.  There are insects that crawl and insects that fly.
  • Insects have specific characteristics.  They all have three body parts called the head, thorax and abdomen. 
  • Insects also have six legs and two antennae.
  • Insects live in all places on Earth except for north and south poles on mountains and right near active volcanoes.
  • There are 29 groups of different types of insects.  Some of those groups are cockroaches, termites, fleas, flies, beetles, wasps and bees.
  • Many people are afraid of insects.  Most insects cannot harm people. 
  • Insects may be creepy and crawly, but insects are important to the environment.
  • If you had to choose a favorite insect, what would your favorite insect be?  (Allow the students to answer)
  • Some insects are beautiful and fascinating like butterflies and honeybees.  Some insects look like they belong in dinosaur times like cockroaches.
  • You are now 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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