The World Through the Eyes of an Insect


Docents lead the students through the woods and up on the treelab platforms to discover the ways their chosen insect lives, obtains food and shelter and try to find examples of the different stages of insects.

Materials Needed: (when we can get them—Glasses that show what an insect sees and a UV light to show the “run way” in flowers that the insects see)


  1. Docent informs students that they are going on a walk through the woods. They are to keep their insect eyes open for food, shelter, protection, etc. They are also to look for places that they might be able to find the different life stages that their insect, or insects in general go through.
  2. Docent encourages students to think about what their insect eats, where they live, and how they get water.
  3. The Docent takes them on the trails heading toward the treelab platforms.
  4. Docent informs students that some insects live way up in the trees and never really live on the ground. Some insects never leave the ground. And some insects, like ants, are found in every layer of the forest.

Alabama Course of Study for Science

This activity meets goals specified for grades:

  • K–#’s 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21
  • 1st–#’s 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27
  • 2nd–#’s 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 20, 23, 25
  • 3rd–#’s 1, 2, 3, 4, 37, 39
  • 4th–#’s 1, 2, 3, 4, 43, 46
  • 5th–#’s 1, 2, 3, 4, 30, 31

Learning Outcomes

Students will discover the habitats of insects and the life cycle that insects go through.

Instrumental Objectives

Students will be able to:

  • identify homes of insects, foods of insects, protection for insects and the life cycle of insects.
  • experience the habitat of the insect they have chosen.