Arthropods

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Physical unit 

  • 83 high-quality, full-color pages
  • Printed single-sided on 80-lb coated paper
  • Science units are not spiral-bound because so many pages need to be cut, removed, or copied

Complete PDF download

  • Digital copy of full unit for optional printing of consumable pages or copies for multiple children in the same household

Please note: free PDF only available with physical purchase. If you choose to return an unwanted unit or cancel an order, you will be charged the full amount for the PDF file; only the physical portion is refundable.

Print-at-Home PDF

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You will receive a link to download the complete 83-page PDF science unit for self-printing. All PDF materials are for use within your own family or school group and cannot be shared or distributed to others.

Helpful Tip: Downloads are always final sales and cannot be refunded should you choose, at a later time, to purchase the printed unit.

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Arthropods Read-Aloud Book Pack

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Three full-color, interactive books included in the optional Arthropods Read-Aloud Book Pack expand learning and provide a fun, engaging addition to your Arthropods study.

With vibrant illustrations, The Boy who Loved Bugs tells the inspiring story of one of the greatest naturalists in history. Learn how little Jean-Henri turned into a man whose love of nature, love of God, hard work, and constant curiosity has inspired generations. (31 pages, full-color, 11"x8.5")

With a sense of wonder for the natural world, timeless drawings, and engaging detail, Fiddler Crab is a "living book" that describes the fascinating life cycle of a fiddler crab as it grows from a small underwater larva into a feisty shoreline-dwelling adult crab. (38 pages, full-color, 5.5"x8.5")

The Story of Maria Merian is a beautifully illustrated book that tells the story of Maria Merian as she grows from a girl curious and eager to learn about the world around her to a pioneer in science who still inspires people today. (32 pages, full-color, 11"x8.5”)

These books are all published by The Good and the Beautiful Library and are designed to appeal to children in grades K–8. Lessons will prompt students when to read these optional books, but they are not integrated with the lessons.

The Insects and Arachnids Questions & Answers Book Arthropods Grades 7-8 Extension

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Do all spiders create webs to catch their food? Why do bees buzz? This book 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. Gorgeous illustrations give readers an up-close-and-personal look at the captivating behaviors of bees, spiders, wasps, moths, lice, and many more of God’s creations. Children of all ages will be intrigued by the questions and detailed answers in The Insects & Arachnids Questions & Answers Book.

52 pages, full-color, written by Anthony Klemm and Sue Steuver Battel

This book is suggested to accompany our Arthropods science unit as extra reading for students in Grades 7-8.

The Good and the Beautiful Nature Reader—Insects & Arachnids by Various Authors

$13.99
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Nature Reader: Insects & Arachnids includes four stories that each follow an insect or arachnid through its entire life cycle. From the moment they hatch to their final days, come along as a carnivorous glowworm hunts for a meal through underground tunnels; a garden spider rides through the wind on a homespun parachute; a honeybee learns how to use her tongue to make honey; and a monarch butterfly finds her way to the winter home of her ancestors, thousands of miles away.

In this delightful reader, one is reminded that even the smallest of God’s creations is worthy of one’s time and consideration. There is beauty and amazement all around, and this reader will help one learn where to find it.

Hardcover, 173 pages, by Mary Adrian, Marion W. Marcher, and Paul McCutcheon Sears

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Explore the fascinating world of insects, spiders, and crustaceans with this thorough 72-page unit. Students will have fun learning as they complete hands-on activities and assignments in their science notebooks. This unit requires very few supplies and very little prep time.  

The new version of our K–8 Arthropods science unit includes updated lessons, original videos that explore monarch migration and take you into the wonders of beekeeping, and grades 7-8 full extension pages (extensions available as a free download for those who have previously purchased the unit).

Lesson 1 – Introduction to Arthropods
Lesson 2 – Introduction to Insects
Lesson 3 and 4 – Oral Presentations
Lesson 5 – Insect Stations: Mosquitoes, Fireflies, Termites, and Silkworms
Lesson 6 – Bees and Wasps: Part 1
Lesson 7 – Bees and Wasps: Part 2
Lesson 8 – Entomologist Jean-Henri Fabre
Lesson 9 – Butterflies: Part 1
Lesson 10 – Butterflies: Part 2
Lesson 11 – Ants
Lesson 12 – Insect Defenses
Lesson 13 – Arachnids
Lesson 14 – Crustaceans    

Bring even more depth to science through literature. Our accompanying optional read-aloud pack for Arthropods includes three new books: Fiddler Crab, The Story of Maria Merian, and The Boy Who Loved Bugs. For students in Grades 7-8, we recommended not only our 7-8 extension pages in the unit, which are free for one year for those who have previously purchased the unit, but also our extension book for Arthropods: The Insects & Arachnids Questions & Answers Book.

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The Boy Who Loved Bugs – The Story of Jean-Henri Fabre by Molly Sanchez

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Nearly 200 years ago, a curious little boy named Jean-Henri wandered the hills around his cottage in the French countryside, fascinated with the wonderful world of insects around him. With vibrant illustrations, this book tells the inspiring story of one of the greatest naturalists in history. Learn how little Jean-Henri turned into a man whose love of nature, love of God, hard work, and constant curiosity has inspired generations.

Butterflies and Beetles Flip Books

$10.99
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Uh-oh! These beetles and butterflies are mixed up! Are you able to put them back together?

Two Butterflies and Beetles Flip Books are a hands-on, independent activity perfect for preschoolers to explore as they match up different insects or make silly creature combinations.

Six beautiful, engaging insects included in each flip book. Not sold separately.

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Insect & Spider Mazes

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Why do honey bees make honey? What is that insect that looks like a stick? Young children will love learning about insects and spiders as they complete these wipe-clean mazes. Simply wipe the ink away to use again and again!

24 laminated, wipe-clean pages

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The Story of Maria Merian by Ashlee Klemm

$6.99
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An inquisitive girl in 17th-century Germany, Maria Merian, greatly wondered about the natural world beyond the walls of her home. She was especially curious about the tiny creatures
crawling around in the garden. Her curiosity only grew greater when an uncle surprised her with a box of worms. However, these weren’t like the worms digging about in the soil of her mother’s chamomile; these were the larvae of Bombyx mori —silk moths—and they would change the trajectory of Maria’s life. This beautifully illustrated book tells Maria’s story as she becomes a pioneer in science and still inspires people today.

Arthropods Read-Aloud Book Pack

$21.97
Details

Three full-color, interactive books included in the optional Arthropods Read-Aloud Book Pack expand learning and provide a fun, engaging addition to your Arthropods study.

With vibrant illustrations, The Boy who Loved Bugs tells the inspiring story of one of the greatest naturalists in history. Learn how little Jean-Henri turned into a man whose love of nature, love of God, hard work, and constant curiosity has inspired generations. (31 pages, full-color, 11"x8.5")

With a sense of wonder for the natural world, timeless drawings, and engaging detail, Fiddler Crab is a "living book" that describes the fascinating life cycle of a fiddler crab as it grows from a small underwater larva into a feisty shoreline-dwelling adult crab. (38 pages, full-color, 5.5"x8.5")

The Story of Maria Merian is a beautifully illustrated book that tells the story of Maria Merian as she grows from a girl curious and eager to learn about the world around her to a pioneer in science who still inspires people today. (32 pages, full-color, 11"x8.5”)

These books are all published by The Good and the Beautiful Library and are designed to appeal to children in grades K–8. Lessons will prompt students when to read these optional books, but they are not integrated with the lessons.

The Insects and Arachnids Questions & Answers Book Arthropods Grades 7-8 Extension

$7.99
Details

Do all spiders create webs to catch their food? Why do bees buzz? This book 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. Gorgeous illustrations give readers an up-close-and-personal look at the captivating behaviors of bees, spiders, wasps, moths, lice, and many more of God’s creations. Children of all ages will be intrigued by the questions and detailed answers in The Insects & Arachnids Questions & Answers Book.

52 pages, full-color, written by Anthony Klemm and Sue Steuver Battel

This book is suggested to accompany our Arthropods science unit as extra reading for students in Grades 7-8.

Fiddler Crab by Mary Adrian

$6.99
Details

With a sense of wonder for the natural world, timeless drawings, and engaging detail, this "living book" describes the fascinating life cycle of a fiddler crab as it grows from a small underwater larva into a feisty shoreline-dwelling adult crab. You'll find yourself cheering along for young fiddler crab to beat the odds--to transition to land, to escape a hungry bird, to win a mate, and to survive a battle against a larger crab. Fiddler Crab is a delightful introduction to nature study for all ages!

Optional Suggested Reading

Arthropods Read-Aloud Book Pack

Details:

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.

Includes:

  • 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 and Arachnids Questions & Answers Book Arthropods Grades 7-8 Extension

Details:

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.

Recommended Resources

The Good and the Beautiful Nature Reader—Insects & Arachnids by Various Authors

Details:

Nature Reader: Insects & Arachnids includes four stories that each follow an insect or arachnid through its entire life cycle. From the moment they hatch to their final days, come along as a carnivorous glowworm hunts for a meal through underground tunnels; a garden spider rides through the wind on a homespun parachute; a honeybee learns how to use her tongue to make honey; and a monarch butterfly finds her way to the winter home of her ancestors, thousands of miles away. Purchase above.

Insect & Spider Mazes

Details:

For Littles

Why do honey bees make honey? What is that insect that looks like a stick? Young children will love learning about insects and spiders as they complete these wipe-clean mazes. Simply wipe the ink away to use again and again!

24 laminated, wipe-clean pages, original publication

Butterflies and Beetles Flip Books

Details:

For Littles

Uh-oh! These beetles and butterflies are mixed up! Are you able to put them back together?

Two Butterflies and Beetles Flip Books are a hands-on, independent activity perfect for preschoolers to explore as they match up different insects or make silly creature combinations.

Six beautiful, engaging insects included in each flip book. Not sold separately. Original publication. Purchase above.

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