School Readiness

Insects and Spiders

Girl looking at spider toy with magnifying glassThis 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 interconnectedness of the natural world.

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.