What a Bee or Butterfly Sees

What a Bee or Butterfly Sees lesson plan

If you could shrink yourself to the size of a bug, what would you see? Imagine how HUGE your shoes look to a tiny creature!

  • 1.

    Hey, I was heading for that flower. I hope you’re not going to pick it, said the bee. Do you ever imagine what a flying insect’s life is like, drinking nectar from fruit tree blossoms? Do their wings get tired? Does wet weather get on their nerves? Picture a bug’s perspective on life to help you figure out any insects’ strengths and weaknesses.

  • 2.

    With bright Crayola® Markers, illustrate how you imagine an insect sees the world. Get down on your hands and knees to do some on-the-spot research. Draw everything to scale, such as your foot or a plant. Use Crayola Twistables Colored Pencils to add details and textures.

  • 3.

    Compare your drawings with other students. Which ones are most accurately to scale?


  • LA: Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
  • LA: Read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grade level text complexity band independently and proficiently.
  • LA: Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade level topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
  • LA: Conduct short research projects to answer a question, drawing on several sources and refocusing the inquiry when appropriate.
  • LA: Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
  • LA: Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking clearly at an understandable pace.
  • SCI: Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction.
  • SCI: Use a model to describe that animals’ receive different types of information through their senses, process the information in their brain, and respond to the information in different ways.
  • VA: Use visual structures of art to communicate ideas.
  • VA: Use different media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas, experiences, and stories.


  • Possible classroom resources include: DK Publishing Big Books of Bugs by DK Publishing; How to Hide a Butterfly and Other Insects by Ruth Heller; Simon & Schuster Children's Guide to Insects and Spiders by Jinny Johnson; Insect (DK Eyewitness Books) by Laurence Mound
  • Students work collaboratively to research the life cycles of various insects. List the pros and cons of insect life. Compare different insects, such as the fruit fly and the cockroach.
  • Organize a field trip to a natural science museum. Prior to the trip, students brainstorm information they will be seeking. After the visit, students post learning to a class blog.
  • Students select an insect that they would most like to be in the insect world. Students compose a poem explaining the aspects of the insect, its habitat and daily life that make it so attractive. Students should be prepared to present their poems to classmates.
  • Encourage students to research the vision of a selected insect. Investigate and compare its vision to that of a human. Use model Magic to create a 3-D model of the insect's eye. Write a summary paragraph describing how this sense works for the selected insect.