Thursday, August 18, 2011

Invertebrates - What are Insects?

Insects are animals without a backbone that belong to the arthropod family.

All insects have 3 body sections (head, thorax, abdomen), 6 legs, one pair of antennae, and usually one or two pairs of wings.


 Examples of Insects
  • ant
  • bee
  • beetle
  • butterfly
  • caterpillar
  • fly
  • grasshopper
  • moth
  • wasp

Here are some wonderful resources to help the students learn more about insects.

neoK12 (pictures, videos, quizzes, online games, and puzzles)

National Geographic Kids
Insecti -Ride (plus many other great insect videos)

Kid Info

Enchanted Learning

Are you looking for a fun insect craft activity? Here's a fun and inexpensive craft that's made with a paper plate. Just click on the link below.

Students might also enjoy reading some of these great books on insects. 

The Insect Book: A Basic Guide to the Collection and Care of Common Insects for Young Children    On Beyond Bugs: All About Insects (Cat in the Hat's Learning Library)    A Child's Book of Insects (A Child's Book Wildlife Series)

Big Book of Bugs      Everything Bug: What Kids Really Want to Know about Bugs (Kids' FAQs)      Simon & Schuster Children's Guide to Insects and Spiders

The Best Book of Bugs      

Insect (DK Eyewitness Books)


Have Fun!


  1. I just created an entire Insect preschool unit that's printable! Here is the link:

    I enjoyed seeing your ideas! Great stuff!

  2. your blog is so cute! I'm going to post in on Facebook for my teacher friends to see :)

    Coley @



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