Each fall junior high students enjoy a night searching for minibeasts to highlight the lessons and activities from the schoolwide Adopt-An-Insect project! We invite local bug experts to help the student identify their finds and parents volunteer to chaperone the big event. From fun bug games to prizes for the best bugs, everyone learns something new about the world of insects!
Games & Activities ...
Mighty Bug Hunt
Teacher Information: Mighty Bug Hunt (pdf)
Teacher Information: Six-Legged Race (pdf)
Teacher Information: Cocoon Challenge (pdf)
Bug Juice Challenge
Teacher Information: Bug Juice Challenge (pdf)
Teacher Information: Fly-Copters (pdf)
Teacher Information: Camo Caterpillars (pdf)
Insect Trivia Challenge
Teacher Information: Weave-A-Web (pdf)
Name That Bug ID Station
Tasty Treats - A hit every year!
Acorn Naturalists - Visit their website to find an assortment of insect-related materials and books.
Oriental Trading - A great site for prizes and toys for your bug festival! We love the see-thru bug jars (IN-59/1001) for holding insects while we identify them. They also have the Flying Dragonfly toys (: IN-16/164 ) used for the FlyCopter Challenge. Do a site search for “insects” to see all the neat items they have available!
Forestry Suppliers- Do a site search for insects to see all the equipment they have available! We buy all of our insect nets from this company and have had great luck with them. They hold up to repeated use by junior high students!
Insect Lore Store - You’ll find a lot of great insect-related merchandise - live insects, videos, books, and more!
Do-It-Yourself Insect Collecting Equipment - Visit this page of my website to learn how to make your own equipment for catching insects. From light traps to Baked Potato Invertebrate Traps, you’ll find several neat contraptions to make for your Bug Festival.
Thank you to our bug experts and parent volunteers!
Special thanks to Victor Oney and Oney's Food Store for providing the prizes for the annual Bug Night!
For more information about the Bug Festival, contact Mrs. Tracy Trimpe.
Activities, lessons, & worksheets available on any page of this web site are intended for use by a single teacher in his/her classroom or to share at educational conferences. Reproduction for commercial use or profit is not permitted without the express written consent of Mrs. Tracy Trimpe. Visit my Frequently Asked Questions page for more details!
Adopt-An-Insect Lesson Plans page for lessons and activities.
Also available ...
Adopt-An-Insect Resources (Websites & Books)
Visit the Insect Collection Idea page for traps and collection devices!