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I am an insect
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An insect is an animal with six legs and three main body parts. This insect is a grasshopper.

What can insects do?

Insects hop. This grasshopper is hopping.

Insects eat. This ladybug is eating.

Insects fly. This dragonfly is flying.

Insects drink. This butterfly is drinking.

What Can Bees do?

Bees are insects. They can do many things.

Some kinds of bees make honey.

This is a photo of a bee's stinger. This stinger looks much larger than it really is.

Some bees can sting. Watch out!

THINK ABOUT IT! Where might you see an insect?


A Buggy Body

Look at the body of this bee. Use the words in the word box to write the names of the parts of the bee.

Word Box feeler leg wing eye


Write one thing that insects can do that you can do too.

Insects can--. I can--.

Family Connection: While outdoors with your child, take some time to observe an insect together. Warn your child against touching insects, as some may sting or bite.

Before Reading

Explain that some animals are called insects.

Ask: What are some things that make insects special? How are insects like other animals? How are they different?

Background Information

* All insects have six legs, three on each side of their bodies. Some insects, such as flies, have sticky pads on their feet. They can walk up a wall or across a ceiling.

* Many insects, such as dragonflies, have wings. Insects fly to find food and to escape enemies.

* Adult insects have two antennae on their heads. Antennae are also called feelers. An insect uses its feelers to find out about the world.

* Some insects taste with their feelers. Butterflies can taste with their feet!

After Reading

Invite children to think of one way that insects are helpful and one way that they are harmful.

Using the Activity Page

Assess students' ability to use a diagram.

Literature Connection

* Caterpillar Colors, Butterfly Dreams, by Joanne Barkan

* Insects Are My Life, by Megan McDonald

* Insect Soup: Bug Poems, by Barry Louis Polisar

* Roberto, The Insect Architect, by Nina Laden

* Which Insects Live Here? by Greg Pyers

Internet Link

For online interactive insect activities, go to

Extension Activities


Precut several hand-sized circles and ovals from construction paper to represent insect body parts, shapes from black paper to represent legs and antennae, and wing shapes from waxed paper. Also supply students with glue and craft eyes. Invite them to create their own insects. Remind them that insects have three main body parts, six legs, and so on.

Language Arts

Make picture riddles. Draw a dragon, a plus sign, and a fly on an easel pad. Encourage children to guess the answer to your riddle, a dragonfly. Invite them to make up their own insect riddles. Some good choices are honeybee, walking stick, and ladybug.

Big Issues help give words meaning.

Cut out the photos and names of each insect. Laminate the pieces for durability. Invite children to match the photos with the names.

Teaching ELLs (English Language Learners)

Help children learn the names of common insects by playing a riddle game. Write riddles on an easel pad; for example, I am an insect that flies. I make honey. What am I? Ask students to name the insects.

National Standards Link

Science (NSES)

Characteristics of organisms

A Poem to Share


   Look at the fireflies blinking their lights,
   Sending messages on dark summer nights.
   "Try to catch me," their lights seem to say.
   "Try to catch me. Come out and play."

--Marie E. Cecchini

Ladybugs Grow and Change

Listen to the story below. Then write numbers 1,2, 3, and 4 under each picture to show how ladybugs change and grow.

1. Tiny eggs sit on a leaf.

2. A ladybug larva with legs hatches from one of the eggs,

3. The larva turns into a pupa. It is attached to a tree.

4. A ladybug breaks out of the shell of the pupa.


Write this insect's name on the line. --by dalug


Please note: Illustration(s) are not available due to copyright restrictions.

Source Citation   (MLA 8th Edition)
"I am an insect." Weekly Reader, Edition K [including Science Spin], vol. 51, May-June 2009, p. 1+. Kids InfoBits, Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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