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If you’re interested in doing a whole unit on insects, you will need some books. Here are some kid friendly suggestions (with a bonus for any teachers with Spanish-speaking students; many of the book suggested are available in English and Spanish):

Insects by Barbara Taylor is a great resource for students who want to learn more about insects. It comprehensively covers most introductory questions students will want to know about insects. In addition, this book is available in Spanish as Insectos.

The Beetle Alphabet by Jerry Pallota uses the many kinds of beetles to teach the entire alphabet. Drawings are very detailed and help students see just how many different kids of beetles are out there. The reading level is 2nd-3rd grade, but the alphabet and drawings could be used with younger students as well.

Jerry Pallota has a number of other books, including counting books that use insects. These are available in English and Spanish: in English, there’s Icky Bug Numbers 1 2 3 and in Spanish, there’s Cuenta los insectos.

The Magic School Bus Inside a Beehive by Joanna Cole focuses in on bees – demystifying these often scary creatures and helping kids learn about bee life. The book is written for 3rd grade reading level, but kids of all ages will draw information from it.

Then, of course, there’s the DK Eyewitness book Insect by Laurence Mound. Like all DK Eyewitness books, this one will answer almost every question a student will have and serves as a great reference for insect research. If you can get your hands on the most recent edition, it comes with a clip-art CD, providing you with you with lots of reference material. And, it’s also available in Spanish: Insectos.

Finally, don’t forget our earlier suggestion of a kid-friendly field guide like the National Wildlife Federation Field Guide to Insects and Spiders & Related Species of North America by Arthur Evans.

Do you have any other favorite insect books?

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Back to the subject of decomposition! If you’ve already made a decomposition chamber, here are some great resources to continue learning about rot and decay.

First of all, the Magic School Bus! The book The Magic School Bus Meets the Rot Squad is, as you can imagine, all about rot and decomposition. Wanda’s dead log is crawling with all kinds of live things, so Ms. Frizzle and the rest of the class go investigate. There’s a video episode to go along with the book, if you can get your hands on a copy and prefer something televised.

Still not excited about decomposition? Check out this song from Sid the Science Kid. It’s a favorite of the education staff here at Brooklyn Children’s Museum:

PS: New York City teachers – since you can’t watch YouTube in the classroom, here’s a link to the same content on the PBS website (scroll down to It’s Not Scary, It’s Decayed). For more Sid resources on rot, check out all the content associated with “My Mushy Banana,” in which Sid and his friends wonder what happened to the mushy banana that was left out.

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