Library Lesson -- Insects


Welcome spring in the library with this fun Insect Lesson! This 69-slide PowerPoint includes a storytime discussion on insect idioms, plus additional insect-themed slides to scroll during checkout. Students LOVE these! Editable in PPT and Google Slides.

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This resource is a combination of Digital Storytime and Digital Bulletin Board. Many elementary librarians are purchasing both the Digital Storytimes and Digital Bulletin Boards for each weekly theme. Combining them into one product saves you money and time. I’ve covered all grades here, from K-6.

See all my Digital Storytimes for Grades K-2

See all my Digital Bulletin Boards for Grades 3-7

See a demo of one of my Digital Storytimes here. (YouTube link)

This K-6 library lesson will save you so much time! You just add the read-aloud(s) of your choice.


Needed to open and editGoogle™ Slides OR PowerPoint; ability to open PDF documents

Recommended for GradesK-6


  • 69-slide PPT + Google™ Slides–all text is editable; you choose which slides you want to use. 17 slides are whole class discussion slides that introduce idioms and include 10 examples of insect idioms. 47 slides are “scrolling presentation” slides that are great for extending lessons or scrolling in the library during checkout and downtimes.
  • All 14 recommended books in the presentation are also listed on a separate “Recommended Reads” list. The list is great to hand out to parents, teachers, and students looking for insect-themed books for Grades K-6. All titles were selected specifically for Grades K-6 and received positive professional reviews for use with Grades K-6.
  • Detailed explanation of how I have used themed library lessons like this one for storytime on the “Specials” rotation. (10 pages, PDF)
  • Google™ Classroom Basics (4 pages, PDF)
  • Instructions on how to set up PPT slide timings for digital bulletin boards (2 pages, PDF)
  • Detailed prep instructions and lesson plan (2 pages)


17 Class Discussion Slides Include:

  • sign language slide and how-to link (“bug”)
  • introduction to idioms (what are idioms)
  • 10 insect idioms:
    • “ants in the pants”
    • “butterflies in your stomach”
    • “busy as a bee”
    • “fly on the wall”
    • “snug as a bug in a rug”
    • “don’t let the bedbugs bite”
    • “cute as a bug’s ear”
    • “the bee’s knees”
    • “you catch more flies with honey than with vinegar”
    • “make a bee line”
  • Every slide in the presentation is illustrated with brightly-colored, high-resolution clipart and photos for K-6.


Digital Bulletin Board Slides include:

  • 47 slides for Grades K-6
  • Includes facts about various familiar insects including: rhinoceros beetle, stag beetle, honeybee, ladybug, ants, Monarch butterflies, mosquitoes, and fruit flies.
  • 14 visual booktalks; includes picture books, fiction, nonfiction, 1 graphic novel, and 1 poetry book–all are insect-themed
  • 2 “Did you Know”
  • 1 “What do you think?”
  • 1 True/False
  • 2 “Would you rather?”
  • 1 “What would you do?”
  • 2 trivia questions with answers
  • 1 library review question (nonfiction/Dewey numbers)
  • vocabulary words: entomologist and mandibles
  • this week’s birthdays
  • weekly schedule and agenda
  • checkout reminders (you add your own!)


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