Explore the fascinating world of insects, spiders, and crustaceans with this engaging science unit. Students will have fun learning about delicate butterflies, spindly spiders, armies or ants, and other arthropods as they complete hands-on activities and assignments in their very own student journals. This unit requires very few supplies and very little prep time.
Each family will need one copy of the Course Book and one Student Journal per child. Don’t miss the read-aloud book pack and 7–8 extension book available below to expand learning and immerse your children in the wonder of arthropods!
Lesson 1 – Introduction to Arthropods
Lesson 2 – Introduction to Insects
Lesson 3 – Insect Stations
Lesson 4 – Bees and Wasps
Lesson 5 – Butterflies
Lesson 6 – Ants
Lesson 7 – Insect Defenses
Lesson 8 – Arachnids
Lesson 9 – Crustaceans
Lesson 10 – Entomology
Optional Suggested Reading
How the Unit Works
Required Course Items
Course Book One Per FamilyDetails:
The full-color Course Book guides the parent through each lesson in the 72-page Arthropods science course. Hands-on activities, engaging videos, vocabulary words, beautiful illustrations and images, along with engaging information is found throughout the course. Once you gather any simple lesson supplies, the lessons are open-and-go. Just turn to a lesson and start reading and learning together! This course is taught family-style and only one Course Book is needed per family.
Student Journal Grades 3-6 One Per StudentDetails:
Each student grades 3–6 needs his or her own copy of the 32-page Arthropods Student Journal which includes interactive activities, games, and worksheets the child will complete during the lessons. The parent-led lessons in the Course Book will direct the student regarding when to complete the Student Journal activities.
Student Journal Grades 7-8 One Per StudentDetails:
Each student grades 7–8 needs his or her own copy of the 48-page Arthropods Student Journal which includes interactive activities, games, and worksheets the child will complete during the lessons. The parent-led lessons in the Course Book will direct the student regarding when to complete the Student Journal activities. The grades 7–8 journal also includes a student-directed Lesson Extension for each lesson. These allow your older students to dive deeper into the lesson concepts.
Optional Suggested Reading
Arthropods Read-Aloud Book PackDetails:
Three full-color, interactive books in the optional Arthropods Read-Aloud Book Pack expand learning and provide a fun, engaging addition to your Arthropods study. Purchase above.
- The Boy Who Loved Bugs – The Story of Jean-Henri Fabre by Molly Sanchez
- The Story of Maria Merian by Ashlee Klemm
- Fiddler Crab by Mary Adrian
The Insects & Arachnids Questions & Answers Book Arthropods Grades 7-8 ExtensionDetails:
This book is suggested to accompany the Arthropods unit as extra reading for students in Grades 7-8. This full-color book asks and answers questions that will spark children’s curiosity about crawling creatures of all kinds, from beautiful butterflies and fierce parasitic insects to interesting arachnids and cooperative colony dwellers. Purchase above.
The Good and the Beautiful Christian Worldview
The Good and the Beautiful curriculum takes a general Christian worldview, focusing, not on the doctrine of any particular Christian church, but on high moral character and basic Bible principles such as gratitude, honesty, prayer, and kindness. Parents can add in their own doctrinal beliefs as desired.
The curriculum is reviewed by members of many different faiths to make sure that the curriculum does not include doctrine specific to any Christian church. We have reviewers and users of the following denominations and more: Lutheran, Assemblies of God, Catholic, Baptist, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mennonite, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Nazarene, Methodist, Non-Denominational, and Seventh Day Adventists.