Grasshoppers/Crickets and Dragonflies

Here are my (mostly) finished lesson plans for these insects.

Days 1 and 2 – Grasshoppers and crickets


DK Animal: p. 552

Are You a Grasshopper? by Judy Allen

Concepts to emphasize:

Grasshoppers and crickets undergo incomplete metamorphosis.

Crickets and their relatives are omnivores.

Grasshoppers and locusts are herbivores and are considered agricultural pests.


Watch video of locust swarm (starts at 3:30).

Capture a grasshopper and/or a cricket for observation.

Estimate temperature by listening to cricket chirps (number of chirps in 15 seconds+48=temperature in Farenheight).

Measure the distance that a grasshopper or cricket can jump.

Day 3 – Dragonflies and Damselflies


DK Animal: p. 551

Are You a Dragonfly? by Judy Allen

The Dragonfly Door by John Adams

Concepts to emphasize:

Dragonflies and damselflies are aerial predators.

Females may lay their eggs in aquatic plants, in water, or underwater.

The larva (or nymph) lives in the water until it is fully grown (about 2-3 years); the adult emerges from the water and flies away.


Watch video of dragonfly (mentions the existence of dinosaurs and the mass extinction- first 2:30).


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