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Insects in the Garden: Preschool Lesson - Growing Minds-bugs lesson plan for preschoolers

Insects in the Garden:
Preschool Lesson
Objectives
Introduce children to insects and other bugs they will find in the garden, their characteristics,
and how they affect plants.
Teach children to observe (rather than harm) living things in the garden and natural
environment.
NC Foundations for Early Learning and Development
Goals Addressed:
APL-1, APL-2, APL-5, APL-7, APL-8
HPD-2, HPD-5, HPD-6
LDC-1, LDC-15
CD-1, CD-4, CD-14, CD-15
Materials
-Cucumber Soup by Vickie Krudwig
-Large container with a lid Book to Read
-Paper Insects are My Life
-Finger or washable paint by Megan McDonald
-Pencils or crayons
Actitivies
Garden Activity
Explain to children that they will be going on an insect expedition to see how many different insects and
bugs they can spot in the garden. Explain that the most important part of the expedition is to be very
gentle with the insects and collect them without harming them. Ask the children to explore the garden
to find insects. Give them tips on finding insects (look under leaves, grass, and hay on the ground, look
closely on plants and the underside of their leaves). When the children spot an insect they can call you
over to help them carefully put the bug into the container with a lid. Once the class has collected 5-10
insects call them all over to look at and try to identify the insects.
Thumbprint Insects
With finger or washable paints, ask the children to use their fingers
to create the body (thorax) of different garden insects. Using a
pencil or crayon, they can add the head, abdomen, antenna, legs,
and wings.
Growing Minds is a program of ASAP (Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project).
306 West Haywood Street, Asheville, NC 28801
(828) 236-1282
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