Let's Talk About Insects

Teacher's Guide

Statewide Learning Standards for Third Through Fifth Grades

Language Arts

  • Read with understanding and fluency of the biological life of insects.
  • Clarify word meaning using context clues and a variety of resources including glossaries, dictionaries and thesauruses to know the basic vocabulary of entomology, insect anatomy and reproduction told through a guided study of insects.
  • Establish purpose for reading; survey materials; ask questions; make predications; connect, clarify and extend ideas about the insect world.
  • Use the language arts to acquire, access, and communicate information about insects and metamorphosis.
  • Formulate questions and construct a basic research plan in studying and comparing insects.
  • Organize and integrate information from a variety of sources (e.g., books, interviews, library reference materials, web-sites, CD/Roms).


  • Understand the processes of scientific inquiry and technological design to investigate questions, conduct experiments, and solve problems.
  • Collect data for investigations using scientific process skills including observing, estimating and measuring insects, cocoons, eggs and nymphs.
  • Report and display the results of individual and group investigations.
  • Understand the fundamental concepts, principles, and interconnections of life through the study of metamorphosis as well as beneficial and pest insects.
  • Describe simple life cycles of plants and animals and the similarities and differences in their offspring.
  • Identify physical features of insects that help them live in different environments.
  • Describe how living things depend on one another for survival.

Fine Arts

  • Describe artistic expression of self and others through interactive activities in CP's Fun Place.
  • Identify and describe the elements of 2- and 3-dimensional space by developing models of insects.


  • Collect, organize and analyze data using statistical methods; predict results; and interpret uncertainty using concepts of probability.
  • Organize, describe and make predictions about the number of insects in a given area.
  • Formulate questions, design data collection methods, gather and analyze data and communicate findings by using the various learning activities to study insects.

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