Classical Nature Study Bugs

Bugs for K-12 Subscribers


This course has 2 parts.  To access each part just click the links below.  You must have Flashplayer 8.0 or higher to view the course.  The tests and quizzes are large files, so please be patient when they are loading.




Bugs 1 Online


Textbook Bugs Part One


Bugs 2 Online


Textbook Bugs Part Two




Optional Schedule (Only first page pertains to the Bugs section and includes optional supplemental products which are not included in this subscription.)









Students should work through 2 units each week to complete the online course in about 10 weeks.  The use of the "Flipping Book" Textbook is optional and can be used to supplement your reading program.



Bug Resources


Resource for Activity 5.1 - All About Bugs


Resources for Activity 6.3 - Learn to Draw a Butterfly


Resource for Unit Seven Main Text


Resource For Unit Eight Main Text

Bombardier beetle


Resources For Activity 9.2

Learn how to draw a ladybug.


Resource For Activity 10.1

Go play some more bug games!

Go here to learn more about the different patterns on butterfly wings.

Find out what it takes to become an entomologist!


Resource For Unit Eleven Main Text

Honeybee Life Cycle

How Bees Make Honey


Resource For Activity 15.1


Resource For Activity 17.1

If you’ve never had the chance to make a lantern out of lightning bugs the go watch these YouTube video and pretend you did it!


Resource For Activity 17.3

Tour De Turtle -


Resource For Activity 18.2




1.  Raise ants on an Ant Farm.  Watch them make tunnels and carry the sand around as they create their colony.

2. Raise a Butterfly Garden and watch your caterpillars make a cocoon and turn into butterflies!

3.Raise the darkling beetle in the Beetle Barn and watch as they develop from larvae to pupae to adult.

4. Raise some ladybugs in the ladybug Land kit!  Watch as live ladybug larvae grow, then attach themselves to the dome of the habitat and turn into pupae. Five days later, they emerge as red-and-black-spotted adult ladybugs!

5.  Make a diorama of a bug in their natural habitat.

All kits can be purchased here:

Or here:

6.  Make a poster about bugs.  Choose one that you raised, or just one you find interesting.  Print out some pictures from the internet and paste them onto a poster board.

Try to include several interesting and scientific facts like:

  • Where it lives
  • What it eats
  • How it develops
  • What kind of defense it uses to protect itself
  • How long it can be expected to live
  • The scientific name and what type of bug it is
  • Mention another bug that is closely related

After you gather all your facts type your answers up on the computer and print them out.  Arrange your answers on the poster board to make it look interesting.  You could even make a video of yourself talking about your poster.



Here are some optional project activities for each section:




Raise an insect