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Bug & Insect Lesson Plans for Kids

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Pests provide a fascinating entry point into many curricular subjects, including biology, ecology, environment and health. Use our pest and bug lesson plans for kids to teach insect anatomy, the social life of termites, the scientific inquiry process and much more.

Our pest-centric lesson plans emphasize both content and process skills and support standards from the National Science Teachers Association and the National Council of Teachers of English.

Grades K-2: Intro to Pests - Insect Lesson Plans for Kids

Grades K-2: Intro to Pests Lesson Plan

This lesson plan introduces students to a wide variety of common pests. Students will learn about basic needs, pest damage, and self-protection measures against certain pests. Some of the activities include playing a game, creating a class book and reading a story about a commonly found pest.

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Grades K-2: Totally Termites - Insect Lesson Plans for Kids

Grades K-2: Totally Termites Lesson Plan

Kids can explore the world of termites with this insect lesson plan, which includes a close-up look at termite specimens, special termite adaptations and insect anatomy. Students will also learn about property risks associated with termites, and how pest control professionals can solve termite problems.

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Grades 3-5: Termitology - Insect Lesson Plans for Kids

Grades 3-5: Termitology Lesson Plan

This insect lesson plan will engage students in an inquiry-based study of the ecology of termites. Through hands-on investigations, students will explore the life cycle of termites, the termite's role in the food web, and the unique social structure of termite colonies.

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Before They Were Pests

Grades 3-5: Before They Were Pests Lesson Plan

In this bug lesson plan, students will explore the native habitats and behaviors of common pests to understand why and how household pests enter our homes. Students will examine the relationship between humans and pests, and the limited habitat and resources shared by both.

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Grades 4-8: Pest Taxonomy - Bug Lesson Plans

Grades 4-8: Pest Taxonomy Lesson Plan

During the first session of this two-session bug lesson plan, students will use the different species represented in the Pest Guide section to learn how living things are grouped together according to the characteristics they share. Students will then work in small groups to construct a taxonomy chart for the selected species and discover how classical taxonomy helps the scientific community organize the natural world.

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Grades 4-8: Pest PSA - Bug Lesson Plans

Grades 4-8: Pest PSA Lesson Plan

In this six-session lesson plan, students will use the Pest Guide section to develop a Public Service Announcement (PSA) for their school community. The campaign will communicate the threats posed by pests, and the methods for preventing an infestation. Students should include when it is necessary to call in a pest control professional to address an infestation.

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