What’s the Buzz About Cicadas?


A cicada craze is taking hold at Simple Solutions! Why?  It happens somewhere almost every year, and this year it’s happening in our home state!

Any day now, the 17-year cicadas (Brood V) will most likely be arriving in Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, and Maryland. (If you don’t live in any of these states, perhaps the cicadas visited you last year, or they will arrive in your home state within the next year or so.)

Whether you’re likely to see any cicadas this year or not, download these free activities, and use them for reading comprehension, science, writing, or math. If you want to make more worksheets specific to the standard you are teaching, be sure to check out our new Worksheet Generator!  It is packed with problems sorted by standard to create a personalized lesson for your students.

Enjoy this free Cicada unit from Simple Solutions!  Click on the thumbnails to download the full worksheet.  You can use it to supplement reading, science, social studies, writing, and math lessons.

Cicada Reading

  • Magicicada, 2016: They’re Back! (passage suitable for students in grades 4-6)
  • Question Worksheet (with answers and CCSS codes)



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Writing Prompts and Activities




picture cicada puzzle 

Crossword Puzzle (for reviewing Tier II and Tier III vocabulary)



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Cicada Math Worksheet




Links to some great resources we found while researching the unit:


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Post Author: Lori

Lori L does many things here at Simple Solutions, including writing blogs and math problems. She has an Elementary Education degree from Cleveland State University and taught many grades during her 15 years at St. Paschal Baylon School in Ohio, the first school that ever used Simple Solutions. She and her husband have two amazing children. She loves all things Cleveland including the Cleveland Ballet, Cavs, Indians, and even the Browns.

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