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4 Free Insect Activities and Lessons for Early Learners

 

By Scholastic Magazines+ Editors

Grades: PreK-2

Source: Scholastic Magazines+

There are so many ways your early learners can investigate insects from home. These four free lessons from Scholastic Magazines+ are a great place to start. Just find your grade level below:

PRE-K: Backyard Insects

KINDERGARTEN: A Caterpillar Grows Up

GRADE 1: Where Are the Ladybug’s Spots?

GRADE 2: Butterflies Are Back

Looking for more free resources? Keep reading.

More Resources for Preschool & Pre-K

Start your insect lesson with “Backyard Insects” from My Big World magazine. In this interactive, colorful article, children will grow their science skills by observing insects, many of which can be found in their own backyard! For even more insect exploration, check out these additional My Big World resources:

                  Insects, Insects Everywhere (Video)

                  Build an Insect (Online game)

                  Egg Carton Insect (Hands-On Activity)

More Resources for Kindergarten

Begin your insect life cycle lessons with "A Caterpillar Grows Up" from Let’s Find Out magazine. Your at-home learners will read about the life cycle of the butterfly. Let’s Find Out provides differentiated learning for this lesson; start with the video, then our fun online game and end with an engaging finger print activity. Extend your butterfly lessons with these other free resources from Let’s Find Out magazine:

                  The Life of a Butterfly (Video)

                  Make a Fingerprint Life Cycle (Hands-On Activity)

                  Color by Vowel Sound (Printable Skill Sheet)

More Resources for Grade One

We recommend kicking off your insect lesson with “Where Are the Ladybug’s Spots” from Scholastic News magazine. In this text, your kids will read about different types of ladybugs, how they use their smell to eat and how they protect themselves from predators.

But that’s just the beginning of our ladybug learning. Keep the excitement going with:

A lot of Ladybugs! (Online game)

Ladybug Predications (Printable Skill Sheet)

A Ladybug’s Life (Printable Skill Sheet)

Reading Checkpoint Questions (Printable Skill Sheet)

More Resources for Grade 2

Start building insect background knowledge with “Butterflies Are Back!” from Scholastic News. In this short text, kids will read about migration patterns of the monarch butterfly.

Scholastic News is also offering a few other monarch butterfly goodies we think your second graders will love: 

Fly Butterfly! (Online game)

Reading Checkpoint Questions (Printable Skill Sheet)

Butterfly Diagram (Printable Skill Sheet)

Need Even More Remote-Learning Resources?

Whether you are a teacher or a parent, we hope this free content helps you celebrate Spring and keeps the learning going at home. Scholastic is committed to developing and sharing resources that will help students stay engaged while schools are closed. For more free content, visit our Learn at Home site.

There are so many ways your early learners can investigate insects from home. These four free lessons from Scholastic Magazines+ are a great place to start. Just find your grade level below:

PRE-K: Backyard Insects

KINDERGARTEN: A Caterpillar Grows Up

GRADE 1: Where Are the Ladybug’s Spots?

GRADE 2: Butterflies Are Back

Looking for more free resources? Keep reading.

More Resources for Preschool & Pre-K

Start your insect lesson with “Backyard Insects” from My Big World magazine. In this interactive, colorful article, children will grow their science skills by observing insects, many of which can be found in their own backyard! For even more insect exploration, check out these additional My Big World resources:

                  Insects, Insects Everywhere (Video)

                  Build an Insect (Online game)

                  Egg Carton Insect (Hands-On Activity)

More Resources for Kindergarten

Begin your insect life cycle lessons with "A Caterpillar Grows Up" from Let’s Find Out magazine. Your at-home learners will read about the life cycle of the butterfly. Let’s Find Out provides differentiated learning for this lesson; start with the video, then our fun online game and end with an engaging finger print activity. Extend your butterfly lessons with these other free resources from Let’s Find Out magazine:

                  The Life of a Butterfly (Video)

                  Make a Fingerprint Life Cycle (Hands-On Activity)

                  Color by Vowel Sound (Printable Skill Sheet)

More Resources for Grade One

We recommend kicking off your insect lesson with “Where Are the Ladybug’s Spots” from Scholastic News magazine. In this text, your kids will read about different types of ladybugs, how they use their smell to eat and how they protect themselves from predators.

But that’s just the beginning of our ladybug learning. Keep the excitement going with:

A lot of Ladybugs! (Online game)

Ladybug Predications (Printable Skill Sheet)

A Ladybug’s Life (Printable Skill Sheet)

Reading Checkpoint Questions (Printable Skill Sheet)

More Resources for Grade 2

Start building insect background knowledge with “Butterflies Are Back!” from Scholastic News. In this short text, kids will read about migration patterns of the monarch butterfly.

Scholastic News is also offering a few other monarch butterfly goodies we think your second graders will love: 

Fly Butterfly! (Online game)

Reading Checkpoint Questions (Printable Skill Sheet)

Butterfly Diagram (Printable Skill Sheet)

Need Even More Remote-Learning Resources?

Whether you are a teacher or a parent, we hope this free content helps you celebrate Spring and keeps the learning going at home. Scholastic is committed to developing and sharing resources that will help students stay engaged while schools are closed. For more free content, visit our Learn at Home site.

There are so many ways your early learners can investigate insects from home. These four free lessons from Scholastic Magazines+ are a great place to start. Just find your grade level below:

PRE-K: Backyard Insects

KINDERGARTEN: A Caterpillar Grows Up

GRADE 1: Where Are the Ladybug’s Spots?

GRADE 2: Butterflies Are Back

Looking for more free resources? Keep reading.

More Resources for Preschool & Pre-K

Start your insect lesson with “Backyard Insects” from My Big World magazine. In this interactive, colorful article, children will grow their science skills by observing insects, many of which can be found in their own backyard! For even more insect exploration, check out these additional My Big World resources:

                  Insects, Insects Everywhere (Video)

                  Build an Insect (Online game)

                  Egg Carton Insect (Hands-On Activity)

More Resources for Kindergarten

Begin your insect life cycle lessons with "A Caterpillar Grows Up" from Let’s Find Out magazine. Your at-home learners will read about the life cycle of the butterfly. Let’s Find Out provides differentiated learning for this lesson; start with the video, then our fun online game and end with an engaging finger print activity. Extend your butterfly lessons with these other free resources from Let’s Find Out magazine:

                  The Life of a Butterfly (Video)

                  Make a Fingerprint Life Cycle (Hands-On Activity)

                  Color by Vowel Sound (Printable Skill Sheet)

More Resources for Grade One

We recommend kicking off your insect lesson with “Where Are the Ladybug’s Spots” from Scholastic News magazine. In this text, your kids will read about different types of ladybugs, how they use their smell to eat and how they protect themselves from predators.

But that’s just the beginning of our ladybug learning. Keep the excitement going with:

A lot of Ladybugs! (Online game)

Ladybug Predications (Printable Skill Sheet)

A Ladybug’s Life (Printable Skill Sheet)

Reading Checkpoint Questions (Printable Skill Sheet)

More Resources for Grade 2

Start building insect background knowledge with “Butterflies Are Back!” from Scholastic News. In this short text, kids will read about migration patterns of the monarch butterfly.

Scholastic News is also offering a few other monarch butterfly goodies we think your second graders will love: 

Fly Butterfly! (Online game)

Reading Checkpoint Questions (Printable Skill Sheet)

Butterfly Diagram (Printable Skill Sheet)

Need Even More Remote-Learning Resources?

Whether you are a teacher or a parent, we hope this free content helps you celebrate Spring and keeps the learning going at home. Scholastic is committed to developing and sharing resources that will help students stay engaged while schools are closed. For more free content, visit our Learn at Home site.