Bring insects into your classroom! Please see below for information on our free entomology units which include Next Generation Science Standard (NGSS) aligned lesson plans. These inquiry-based lessons feature LIVE insects and include many extensions to help you effectively integrate entomological and biological concepts into your teaching.
The fourth grade lessons were developed by entomology graduate students Christina Silliman and Catherine Dana. Tara Bell and Tara McGill developed the second grade lessons.
Download link: https://uofi.box.com/s/ev4hmh17blp3gm9e946w (password required)
Please email chansium [at] gmail.com or cdana2 [at] llinois.edu for the password. We’d love to hear from you about your experiences, advice, or if you want more resources. We would be happy to facilitate LIVE insects in your classroom, and we are open for presentations and workshops.
Please check back again soon for more information on checking out lesson resource kits. Please email us if you’re interested!
EnLiST Provided funding and support during development and execution of these lessons, and invaluable input for design and teaching
Environmental Education Association of Illinois (EEAI) 2013 Mini Grant ($200) to develop lesson kits for the unit “Bringing Insects into the Classroom” created under EnLiST
University of Illinois Graduate College Conference Travel Grant 2014 ($325) for travel to Entomological Society of America National Meeting 2014 Entomological Foundation’s Workshop
University of Illinois School of Integrative Biology Enhancement Fund ($317) to present “Bringing Insects into the Classroom: An Interactive Lesson in Entomology” at the annual Environmental Education Association of Illinois conference.
Entomological Foundation for hosing teacher workshops and funding shipment of our supplies, and general awesomeness
University of Illinois Department of Entomology/EGSA for helping to fund and house our live insect collection
University of Illinois Pollinatarium as a great resource and location to host our unit field trip
2013 Science Project Ideas Competition Winner; Christina Silliman and Catherine Dana; for the lesson “What’s an insect’s favorite smell” [from unit “Bringing Insects into the Classroom”] created under EnLiST. Entomological Foundation [October 2013]
2013 Science Project Ideas Competition Winner; Christina Silliman and Catherine Dana; for the lesson “Can you engineer an insect exoskeleton?” [from unit “Bringing Insects into the Classroom”] created under EnLiST. Entomological Foundation [October 2013]
2013 Entomology Educational Award; Christina Silliman and Catherine Dana; for lessons created through EnLiST entitled “Bringing Insects into the Classroom”. Entomological Society of America – North Central Branch [April 2013]