There are many activities you can do after reading The Bug That Plagued the Entire Third Grade. Below, please find a Word Find and Coloring Page to download and print for FREE.

-Can you find all the bug names hidden across, diagonal and backwards?

-Color the Hines Emerald Dragonfly from The Bug That Plagued the Entire Third Grade

(click on the image below to download and/or print in Google Docs)

(click on the image below to download and/or print in Google Docs)

There are also many fun online games and activities that can be incorporated with The Bug That Plagued the Entire Third Grade and get you into that buggy kind of mood...

Design Your Own Bug! As an activity in CP’s Fun Place, students can design their own bug by choosing the wings, antenna, body, and legs of their bug. They can then decide what to call it and determine important details about their bug. When they are done, they can send a picture of it to a friend with an e-mail post card.

The new Ounce of Prevention Kids’ website is designed for children and features a range of activities for kids to play on their own or with a parent or teacher to educate them about personal hygiene, nutrition, exercise and safety. This one’s perfect to help prevent “catching the bug”… Let’s Hear It for Clean Hands!

Students should go to Infection Detection Protection found at the American Museum of Natural History website. Here, they’ll be able to play a quick game that demonstrates that bacteria, one type of germ, can be found everywhere–from yogurt to soil to air, etc.

Play the game BUG-GO
, which can be found at the Kentucky Integrated Pest Management Program. Developed by Patricia L. Lucas, IPM Specialist Kentucky IPM Program, University of Kentucky, Bug-go is designed to help the players learn to identify insects, discover which insects are beneficial and learn interesting facts about others. The game should be played similar to the game bingo.

Play a “Duck, Duck, Goose” Game – Instead of saying, “Duck, duck, goose”, have the children say, “Buzz, buzz, sting”.

– Divide the children up into teams of two. Give each team a roll of toilet paper. Have them decide who is going to be the caterpillar and who is going to be the wrapper. On the word “go”, see who can wrap up the caterpillar first using all the toilet paper.

Play a “Hot Potato” game
– Instead of using a potato use a big black bug and play scary music.

Pin the dragonfly on the lily pad
- Play just like Pin the Tail on the Donkey. Glue a lily pad (made of green construction paper) on a large sheet of blue poster board.  Print The Bug… Coloring Sheet onto card stock, cut out the dragonfly, and attach tape to the back. See which child can get the dragonfly closest to the center of the lily pad.

Who Lives Here?
- Take a pillow case, sheet or large piece of white paper. Place it under a plant or a tree. Shake it to see what insects fall out. Examine the insects and identify them. Some might fly away, but others will stay. How many different kinds of insects were found? Now try another plant and see if the insects are the same or different.

Take a Bug Census
- Ask your children to find out what kind of bugs are in a certain spot. Place a container (like a plastic margarine tub) in the ground with a bait. The top of the container should be level with the ground. For bait, you can use popcorn, fruit, grains, raw meat, kitchen waste or candy. Place a stone across the top, but do not cover it completely. The next day, lift out the container and see what insects you have caught in the container. The experiment can be repeated for several days to see if different insects appear. Put the container in different spots in the garden, like under a bench or in the lawn, to see if you get different insects in different places.

Insects Undercover:
A log or pile of dead leaves is a perfect place for insects to live. Ask your children to look under decaying leaves, mulch, logs or rocks to discover what insects are living there. Because it’s moist, damp, and dark, some insects find it an ideal environment. They break down this matter to usable nutrients and speed up the composting process. Children will find a lot of other animals in this environment as well. They will find frogs, toads, centipedes, and millipedes.