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Habitats and Insects


Essential Questions for this Unit:

  • What are the basic elements of a habitat?
  • What is the life cycle of an insect?
  • How do the sun, plants and animals interact to create a food chain?
  • What are the basic adaptations that insects and other animals make that enable them to thrive in their environment?
  • What is found in the nearby environment?

    HABITAT VOCABULARY: habitat, survival, wildlife, camouflage, adaption, prey, carnivore, herbivore, decompose, shelter, foe



    Here are some activities and lessons that will help you learn more about Habitats.

    Click on an activity and follow the directions.




    Life in a Hive

    Bug Observations

    Different Habitats


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Butterfly Unit



Life in a Hive



  • Students will use vocabulary related to understanding what makes a community.
  • Students will identify some of the important elements that help define community.
  • Students will think about how they participate in and contribute to their own communities.


    KEY VOCABULARY: laws, nectar, participate, residents, responsibility, structure


    Communities worksheet This printable is a PDF filr. Click here for help with PDFs.

    The Hive website (




    1. Learn key vocabulary: laws, nectar, participate, residents, responsibility, structure.

    2. With a partner complete the Communities worksheet as they explore the Enter the Hive site and click on the "about the hive" section. (You should turn the background music off; you can do so by clicking on the "turn music off" button.)

    3. Share the information you discover with the class.


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  • Students will use vocabulary related to termites.
  • Students will learn about the habitat of termites.


    KEY VOCABULARY: architectures, diversity, environment, fungus, insulators, organism.



    The Habitat of a Termite Crossword Puzzle

    (This printable is a PDF. Click here for help with PDFs.)

    Dr. Don's Termite Mounds website (





    1. Learn key vocabulary: architectures, diversity, environment, fungus, insulators, organism.

    2. Visit Dr. Don's Termite Mounds. After reading the text and viewing the pictures, write one or two questions you have about termites and termite mounds.

    3. Complete the The Habitat of a Termite Crossword Puzzle using the information found at the website.

    You may work individually or in pairs.

    4. Share your questions and activity sheets in class. Where could you find answers to your questions.



    Another interesting insect is THE ANT.

    Visit the Ants website ( to see an ant's habitat and learn what these insects actually do besides invade your picnic basket! Can you illustrate a job that both an ant and a human perform? Using a sheet of paper folded in half, draw a picture of an ant performing the job on one half and a human doing the same job on the other half.


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Bug Observations

  • Students will observe the behavior of bugs and experiment with the types of foods they like to eat.
  • Students will make observations of different insects from different habitats.
  • Students will record observations.

*REMEMBER: If you capture an insect and remove it from its habitat (only for a quick observation) you must take care of it. Check this website to learn how.


Worksheets: Bubble Graphic Organizer, Chart Organizer

(These printables are PDF files. Click here for help with PDFs)

Paper for recording and drawing

Food: Bread crumbs, Apple slices, Shredded carrot, Grass, Cheese, Cookie, Cereal



Discuss different places you have observed bugs out on the playground. What do bugs like to eat? Make a list of the items that the children suggest.

In a quiet corner of the school grounds, create a "buffet" for the bugs. On the ground, sprinkle bread crumbs, apple slices, shredded carrots, cheese slices, cookies, cereal, and other foods suggested by the children.

Observe the food and see which insects come to feast. What are their favorite foods?

Draw pictures of the insects and their paths.

Observe the "bug buffet" for several days and record what happens. What would insects on the playground eat if you didn't feed them?


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Different Habitats


  • Students will learn about features of different habitats.
  • Students will write information about animals, plants, insects, weather and other key features of four habitats (desert, rainforest, woods, pond) on a Chart Organizer.
  • Students will compare and contrast two habitats using a Venn Diagram.



Worksheets: Venn Diagram, Chart Organizer

(These printables are PDF files. Click here if you need help with PDFs.)


What's It Like Where You Live?

Explore the Fantastic Forest

Insecta Inspecta World

Biomes - Habitats

Thinkquest - Habitats



1. Print out a Venn diagram or Chart Organizer.

2. Visit the Websites listed above.

3. Record information about the features of each habitat you are studying.

4. Share the information with your class.

5. Save these charts - they will help you when you write your reports later!


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  Games and Activities

Insects and Place Value - You'll need this worksheet and will have to go to these websites to complete it: Wonderful World of Insects and

Ranger Rick - Many games and other interesting links.

Enchanted Learning - A great resource for print-outs and information

National Wildlife Foundation - Learn about the Habitat in your own Backyard.



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