Complete Guide to Insect Study for Grade-Schoolers

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

We just concluded our study of insects and oh boy, both Mavi and Vito had a wonderful time learning all about these creatures!  We’re having zoology (animal study) for this month (12 Months of Montessori Series) and I’m going to give you a complete guide on how to study insects with your kids.

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What is an insect?
Start your unit study by learning what is an insect. Put it simply, it is an animal that has 6 legs with segmented bodies. And yes please, spiders are definitely NOT insects.  Now for Mavi to have a wider understanding of this subject, I've set up a sorting activity of the 4 major groups of the Arthropods.  Since we've done this last year, Mavi has a prior knowledge of the difference between insects and spiders.  He got confused with the crab though, if its either arachnids or crustaceans LOL.  Initially he placed it in the Arachnids Smile  These animal figures were from Safari Toob Insects and Insect Lore.

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The Life Cycle of an Insect
Now after learning about the animals that belong to the insect family,  we looked into the life cycles of an insect.  Here we talked about the insects that undergo “complete metamorphosis” and those with “incomplete metamorphosis”.  Note complete metamorphosis means, it has the stages of: egg-larva-pupa-adult. 

Materials here are Insect Lore Life Cycle of Butterfly and Ladybug

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Parts of an Insect 
We also learned about the different parts of an insect. I have a separate post on this one and you read it here or click the image below.Parts of an Insect PIN

Insect Habitats and Bug Hunting
I created guides on hunting insects in different habitats.  We have insects found in woodlands (in the forest), those found in rivers and lakes, the ones found everywhere and in the meadows/fields.  We used these guides as we go “bug hunting”.

Insect Study Guide
We were able to catch a few insects like ladybird (escaped from our net after a few hours), this unidentified insect in the outdoor stairs and ants.
Insect Study Guide
Vito was fascinated with ants! He also had a separate insect study for toddlers
Simple Insect study

Previous Post on Insects
Thank you so much for taking time to read this post. I hope that I was able to give you enough ideas so you can also jumpstart your own insect study with your kids.

If you need some learning materials about insects you can also buy the following from my printable shop:
The Arthropods Learning Pack
The Insect
The Ant
The Grasshopper
The Dragonfly
The Arthropods Learning Pack

This post is part of the 12 Months of Montessori Learning which is hosted by Natural Beach Living and The Natural Homeschool.




10 comments:

  1. What an in depth study of animal classification! I even learned something new. We haven't studied the Chilopods yet, and I honestly had no idea what there were. Lol. I love the separation chart you used with animal figures. I'm definitely going to have to remember that one. Oh, and I must have those adorable insect puzzles!

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  2. What an in depth study of animal classification! I even learned something new. We haven't studied the Chilopods yet, and I honestly had no idea what there were. Lol. I love the separation chart you used with animal figures. I'm definitely going to have to remember that one. Oh, and I must have those adorable insect puzzles!

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  3. This is AWESOME!! I love all of the activities

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  4. We love to study insects. Arthropods are favorites around here. :) Thank you for sharing all of this wonderful information!

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  5. I had no idea about Chilopods! This is such an awesome guide, and perfect for spring and summer. I love all of the nomenclature cards and printables that you create for your boys -- you must spend a LOT of time on them. Thank you so much for your dedication and sharing them with us!!

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  6. I adore the insect sorting activity! I must set that up for my children soon. Thank you for the wonderful ideas.

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  7. This is such a great introduction to insects! Your blog is always so inviting and inspiring!

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  8. I really love the life cycle of the butterfly. We have had a mini butterfly garden before and loved watching! Pinning for sure!

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  9. So much information! I love the life cycle material! We have the butterfly, but I would love the ladybug too!

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  10. This really is an amazing wealth of information for studying insects! I'm going to be coming back to use this as a resource and also for your amazing printables! Thank you!

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