Good Bugs, Bad Bugs!

Published February 12, 2013
Subject: Science, Art
Season: Winter
Place of Learning: Academic Classrooms
Resource Type: Lessons
Grade Level: Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5
Uploaded by:
Elizabeth Keller
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 In this lesson, students can let their imaginations run rampant before learning to identify local insects and distinguish between those that are beneficial to the garden and those that are destructive.


 Students will be able to:

  • Identify 12+ common insects, including the lady beetle, gypsy moth, cabbage worm, aphids, caterpillar, praying mantis, and others.
  • Distinguish those that are beneficial to the garden from those that are destructive.
  • Understand how to properly eradicate or distribute insects in the garden.

 Students will be able to:

  • Successfully identify insects on worksheet
  • Determine whether insects are beneficial or destructive and why


  • "Good Bugs" Identification Sheet
  • "Bad Bugs" Identification Sheet
  • Drawing paper with insect names written at bottom
  • Crayons, colored pencils, markers, etc.
  • Research which insects are common in your region.Identification sheets will vary depending on what insects are local.
  • Make notes on each insect with emphasis on which plants (if any) it targets as well as how to properly eradicate pests.
  • Print identification sheets and label a sheet of drawing paper for each insect.
  • Make enough copies of drawing sheets for students.
  •  Introduce the lesson for the day. Make it clear that you expect students to be capable of identifying insects and knowing what do in the garden if they encounter any insects covered in this lesson.
  • Give each student a sheet of drawing paper with only the name of a regional insect written at the bottom.
  • Encourage them to use their imagination to illustrate what their assigned insect might look like. Anything goes.
  • After 15 minutes, each student presents their insect drawing in front of the class and discusses why they chose to illustrate certain characteristics (ex - camouflage, legs, eyes, proboscis, etc) based on the name of the insect.
  • Finally, reveal photos of each insect and present the facts, emphasizing why some insects are good and others are bad for the garden
  • Students can spend the remaining class time comparing their drawings to the photos and discussing the differences.


Very fun lesson for kids to be out searching for bugs. You could also take pictures and make a good bug / bad bug poster.

2 years ago