For every human on the Earth, there are 1.5 billion bugs. Yes, you read that correctly. BILLION. With a B. Bugs have been creeping, crawling, and climbing the Earth since the Paleozoic Era and maybe before. Ranging in size from 1/100th of an inch to more than two feet long, there are insects that jump, spit, fly, and make more noise than a jet airplane!
With fun bug facts abounding, insect lessons are a student favorite. Complement your creepy crawly science lessons with a cross-curricular art activity. First, students use the internet to research bugs native to their home states. Next, they are introduced to the various parts of an insect and become competent at sketching each part. As part of this portion of the lesson, the class could discuss the role of symmetry in nature and the purpose of colors and designs found on insects. Finally, students research insect habitats, including the types of plants and animals necessary for survival.
Once the research is complete, it’s time to play with clay! This lesson provides instruction for creating life-like bugs—and their habitats—in vivid color using modeling clay.
Follow the link above for the Bayou Bugs art lesson plan, including images, step-by-step directions, and a materials list. Suitable for grades 4-8.