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Invent an Insect

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    California Academy of Sciences

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Invent an Insect

In this creative activity, learners will find out what makes an insect an insect by studying examples of insect adaptations and by examining why there are so many different types of insects. Learners will also design their own insect based on the needs of a specific environment. This standard-based lesson plan includes great extension ideas, resources for educators, and discussion questions.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan, Model


Materials List (per group of students)


  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Classification
      • Biodiversity
    • Ecology
      • Ecosystems

Informal Categories

  • Animals
  • Model Building


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Components that are part of this resource:

Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

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Access Rights:

  • Free access


  • California Academy of Sciences


  • California Academy of Sciences, 2009


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