Lesson Topic/Title: Insects and Arachnids/Bugs

Author: EDU 201, Myra Washington


The video, Bugz, will be used to introduce a unit on arachnids and insects in a third grade classroom. The class consists of eight and nine year old students of low to above average achievement. There are two students in the class who have been identified as learning disabled.

Content Area(s) and Grade Level: Science, Third Grade

Integrated disciplines: art, language arts, physical education


To identify names of arachnids or insects shown on a video.

To describe shape, color, and texture of arachnids or insects shown

on video

To role-play the actions of various arachnids and insects show

on video


Video, Bugz, Ahh Publications, Inc. 1996


Graphic Organizer (attached)




Springboard - the hook? Show the hissing cockroaches from room 9. Talk about bugs.

What teacher is to do? Prepare students by distributing and explain graphic organizer.

Introduce the video - present vocabulary

      1. carnivore
      2. chrysalis
      3. pollinator
      4. cellophane

Show the video

Watch the video

What students are to do? Watch the videos

Complete graphic organizer

Discuss the video - including vocabulary, kinds of bugs,

shape, texture, color, movement

Sketch one arachnid or insect from the video including

shape, texture, and color

Make a class chart listing as many arachnids and insects

can be recalled from the video

Go outside to imitate motions of various arachnids and

insects in video


Share drawings and discuss the upcoming sculpture project

Review what we learned about arachnids and insects today


Class discussion and chart will reveal student knowledge of arachnids

and insects in video

Sketches include important details of color, shape, and texture of an

arachnids or insect

Students participated in movement imitation activities

Merryellen Towey Schulz, Ph.D. College of Saint Mary Spring, 2000