I Spy, Describing Insects

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In this activity, learners observe and describe the physical and behavioral characteristics of insects, including crickets. Learners build a cricket house, hear the book "I'm as Quick as a Cricket," and discuss how the insects they observe are the same and different.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
1 to 2 hours

Estimated Materials Cost:
Over $20 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 11

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan


Materials List (per group of students)

  • Knee-high stockings
  • Live insects
  • Milk cartons
  • Scissors
  • Stapler
  • I’m as Quick as a Cricket book by Audrey Wood
  • Hand lens or dissecting scopes
  • Pinned insects


  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Animals
      • Classification
    • Evolution
      • Evidence for Evolution
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data
      • Formulating Explanations
      • Communicating Results

Informal Categories

  • Animals
  • Literature
  • Model Building
  • Nature and Environment


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • hear
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards:

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Access Rights:

  • Free access


  • Rogers Huff, Paula ; Hahn, Roseanne


  • All rights reserved, Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System, 2005