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Bug - O
Subject: Life Science, Nutrition, Special Ed
Grade: K-2, 3-5, 6-8

Brief Description

Students will learn about different kinds of bugs by constructing their own game sheet. After playing the Bug - O game, they will prepare "Bug" snacks.


  1. Students will learn about the different kinds of bugs so that after the teacher demonstrates, each student will construct his/her own Bug - O game sheet.
  2. Students will demonstrate awareness of different kinds of bugs by playing the Bug - O game in a large group, marking named bugs on their game sheet.
  3. The students will cooperatively prepare "Bug" snacks, demonstrating their food preparation skills.


listening, fine motor skills, communication, independent living, social and self-help

Materials Needed

  • Duplicate a game grid and bug pictures (students get one of each)
  • Make a set of Bug - O game cards using one set of bug pictures and put them in a box
  • Program classroom augmentative devices or language boards with a word bank (names of bug pictures)
  • Students will need: Glue sticks, scissors, pencils, sheet proctectors, bug pictures, game grid and dry erase pens
  • Food & Paper Supplies: pretzels, peanut butter, chocolate chips, Mello Yello soda, blue Kool - Aid, cups, paper plates, napkins and a spreading knife


Lesson Plan

  1. Students will construct individual Bug - O game sheets, cutting apart bug pictures and pasting them on the game grid; place completed each game sheet in a sheet protector.
  2. The group plays the Bug - O game: pull bug card from box, name the bug (using verbal response or class language devices), then use dry erase pen to mark the picture that matches.
  3. Prepare "Bug Juice" and "Butterfly Snacks" in a large group; use the food as the prize - all are winners! (or you can prepare other bug recipes)
    Bug Juice: Mix a yellow drink (citrus pop or lemonade) with a blue one (Kool -aid). You'll end up with a green drink!
    Butterfly Snacks: Use pretzels as butterfly wing frames, and stick them together with softened caramel candy or peanut butter. Sprinkle chocolate chips on top.
    Recipes were taken from the University of Kentucky site listed above.

    Extensions: Students could use a digital camera and take their own pictures of bugs and use them to develop the game. Other bug recipes could be sent home for parents to become involved in food preparation with their child. The pictures could be used to develop a bug book. Worksheets could be developed using the same pictures (matching small and large bugs, counting bugs, and word searches.)


This lesson has been developed to use with a middle school class of students with special needs, but could be used with younger students.
Students are evaluated on how well they work individually on their game sheets.
Also evaluation is based on each student's ability to find the named bug and the ability to stay with the activity.

Lesson Plan Source

Submitted by Sue Palkendo, [email protected]
C. W. Rice Middle School, Northumberland, PA, USA


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