The focus of this guide is some of the smaller animals that inhabit our world: insects and spiders. These fascinating creatures provide young children many hands-on opportunities to learn about the diversity of living things, how living things change and grow during their life cycles, and the inter-connectedness of the natural world.MESS Animals2 cover

MESS Animals 2 Educators’ Guide

MESS Animals 2 Materials

Included experiences:

  1. Introduction to Insects and Spiders
  2. What Is an Insect?
  3. What Is a Spider?
  4. Looking for Insects
  5. Metamorphosis
  6. From Caterpillar to Butterfly
  7. Insect Communication
  8. Introduction to Ants
  9. Investigating Ants 1
  10. Investigating Ants 2
  11. Insect Vision
  12. Camouflage


Marvelous Explorations Through Science and Stories: MESS®

Marvelous Explorations Through Science and Stories: MESS is a science-centered early childhood curriculum enhancement. MESS includes 10 month-long units that are appropriate for 3- through 5-year-old children. Each unit includes field-tested science experiences, suggestions for ways to integrate each topic across the curriculum, lists of recommended books and science materials, and ideas for involving families in children’s learning at home and in other settings.