Become A Bug


Students learn about the characteristics of insects, decide on what insect they want to learn about and then become that insect by constructing distinguishing characteristics and wearing them.

Materials Needed: construction paper, crayons, models, markers, hole punchers, tape, scissors, yarn


  1. Students divide into their groups under the pavilion.
  2. Docents prompt students to discuss what makes an insect an insect (six legs, three body parts, etc.) and to name several insects.
  3. Students are then asked to vote on what insect they want to become and decide what they need to become the insect. During this process Docents are encouraging students to think about different insects and characteristics, what makes a bee a bee and not a butterfly.
  4. Docent helps students construct the characteristic(s).
  5. Students are informed that they have become the insect and will spend the rest of the time at the Arboretum doing the activities as that insect.

Alabama Course of Study for Science

This activity meets goals specified for grades:

  • K–#’s 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 14, 16, 17
  • 1st–#’s 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 11, 21, 24, 26
  • 2nd–#’s 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 20, 23, 24, 25
  • 3rd–#’s 1, 2, 3, 4, 21, 32, 34
  • 4th–#’s 1, 2, 3, 4, 41, 43
  • 5th–#’s 1, 2, 3, 4, 30, 31

Learning Outcomes

Students are introduced to the idea that not all bugs are insects. They will understand how insects are different from other insects and learn about the specific insect they choose.

Instrumental Objectives

Students will be able to:

  • identify and discuss some specific insects and insect anatomy in general.
  • distinguish and categorize insect characteristics.
  • make distinguishing characteristics of the chosen insect and learn and display behaviors of the insect.