Insects are so fascinating aren’t they? Now that we will be getting outside and doing nature study and gardening for summer science, I couldn’t resist making these insect notebook pages. I know that we will come across tons of insects as we garden and it will be a perfect complement to our continued bird study also.
This packet includes these insects by common names:
To make the sheets challenging enough for older students I listed the order or family of the insect on the pages. Your child could research it’s genus and if possible the species. Classification is an important part of zoology and I felt it was worth including in a way that is useable in a homeschool setting or nature walk.
Any insect that comes under the same family could be used for various insects in that classification. For example, you can use the grasshopper page for a locust because they are in the same suborder: Caelifera. You can use the beetle page for both the Rhinoceros Beetle or a Weevil. Any beetle for that matter, if it falls under the family Coleoptera since that is what is listed on the page.
Here’s a preview:
The packet also includes a blank sheet for insects that are not related and wouldn’t fit into any of these insect families, order or suborder as specified on each page.
I highly recommend using an insect field guide with these pages. Any will do, but simple and pocket size is best for beginners. We have this Peterson First Guide to Insects of North America
we will be using:
If you don’t have a field guide then another good thing to do is take a picture with your cell phone and then research and sketch when you get back home.