Marvelous Explorations Through Science and Stories (MESS)

Insects and Spiders

This resource will help teachers support children's interest and curiosity about the world of insects through planned explorations. This comprehensive resource includes background information, specific vocabulary, and a list of books. Teachers may also use this guide as a blueprint to support their investigations into other areas of children’s interest.

Teacher's Guide

The focus of this investigation is some of the smaller animals that inhabit our world: insects and spiders. These fascinating creatures provide young children many hands-on opportunities to learn about the diversity of living things, how living things change and grow during their life cycles, and the inter-connectedness of the natural world. Full text» [PDF, 2.82MB]

Recommended Materials

Teachers will find a list of observation and collection tools, additional equipment and supplies, and recommended books for hands-on exploration of spiders, insects, and the natural world. Full text» [PDF, 162KB]

See also:

Introduction to MESS: Marvelous Explorations Through Science and Stories

Marvelous Explorations Through Science and Stories (MESS): Insects and Spiders. HHS/ACF/OHS. 2008. English.

Last Reviewed: March 2010

Last Updated: November 13, 2014