Grade 3

Let's Talk About Insects

Empowered Learner


Students learn about insects through C.P. Ant. They learn how they grow and develop and how they are important to our environment.

Students will:

  • Understand and learn about insects, how they live, grow and help the environment.

Vocabulary Words:

  1. Species: A species is a unique group of living things.
  2. Arthropods: Arthropods have limbs with many joints that bend in many directions.
  3. Exoskeleton: An exoskeleton has rigid skin on the outside of the body.
  4. Thorax: The thorax is the middle part of the body of an insect.
  5. Abdomen: An abdomen is the last of the body section of an insect.
  6. Antenna: Antenna are a pair of long, thin sensory appendages on the heads of insects.
  7. Metamorphosis: Metamorphosis is the process of transformation from an immature form to an adult form in two or more distinct stages.
  8. Larva: Larva is the active immature form of an insect, especially one that differs greatly from the adult and forms the stage between egg and pupa.
  9. Pupa: A pupa is an insect in its inactive immature form between larva and adult
  10. Nymph: A nymph is an immature form of an insect that does not change greatly as it grows.

To prepare for this lesson:

See Accommodations Page and Charts on the site in the Teacher Resources. 

Directions for this activity:

  1. Students log onto Let’s Talk About Insects.
  2. Select language English or Spanish.
  3. Follow through the lesson using the next and back buttons.
  4. Once the lesson is finished students can C.P.’s Fun Place for extended insect activities.

Different options for assessing the students:

  • Observations
  • Check for understanding
  • Class Observation.
  • Insect Kahoot.
  • A teacher-created assessment.
  • Flipgrid learnings of insects.
  • Exit tickets.
  • Group discussion.

MITECS: Michigan adopted the "ISTE Standards for Students" called MITECS (Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students) in 2018.

Empowered Learner 
1a. Students articulate and set personal learning goals, develop strategies leveraging technology to achieve them and reflect on the learning process itself to improve learning outcomes.
1b. Students build networks and customize their learning environments in ways that support the learning process.
1c. Students use technology to seek feedback that informs and improves their practice and to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways.
1d. Students understand the fundamental concepts of technology operations, demonstrate the ability to choose, use and troubleshoot current technologies and are able to transfer their knowledge to explore emerging technologies.

Device: PC, Chromebook, Mac, iPad

Browser: Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Edge, ALL

Apps. Extensions, Add-ons

Insects: Educational Videos for Kids

Insects for Kids

Let's Talk about Insects

Whoa I Remember: Magic School Bus Explores Bugs Part 1

  • Write a report on insects.
  • Insect Poetry

Create a poster and label the insect parts. 

Investigate a butterfly garden. Grow mealworms.

This task card was created by Julie Hoehing, Lake Shore Public Schools, February 2020.