Moth: An Evolution Story is a story of light and dark, of change and adaptation, of survival and hope, beautifully illustrated by Daniel Egnéus. Find out about the background to Moth here.

Teachers from around the world have sent me spectacular examples of art, science and writing work created in response to Moth. Scroll down to visit my Moth Hall of Fame, and find ideas for working with Moth in your own classroom!

Great Science Share for Schools 2021

A huge welcome to everyone taking part in the Great Science Share for Schools! Here are some ideas and resources for exploring the wonderful world of moths in your classroom over the coming weeks:

🦋 Create a whisper of peppered moths – Download my instructions for painting peppered moths using real salt and pepper, and create a beautiful display. (The collective noun for moths is a whisper!)

Make your own peppered moth

Video instructions

🦋 Make gravity-defying moths – Download my instructions and template for making a peppered moth that will balance anywhere, including your nose!

Make your own peppered moths kit list

Balancing moth template

Video instructions

🦋 Banish moth myths – Brainstorm what your class already knows about moths, then watch my short film, which busts some moth myths!

🦋 Learn to write a sciku – In this video, you’ll meet some of Isabel’s favourite moths, record notes using a special template, and learn how to turn these notes into a science haiku or ‘sciku’.

Remember to submit your questions for me via the Great Science Share! I look forward to answering them!

Moth Hall of Fame

I would love to feature your class’s work too – you can send it to me using the form below!

Pupils at Harrow Gate Primary performed Moth beautifully in a Readers Theatre

teaching resources for Moth

I hope the gallery above gives you lots of ideas about how to use Moth in your classroom, from Reception right up to Year 6 and beyond! The Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE) chose Moth as a Core Book for 2018/19 and 2019/20 and produced an excellent unit of work to help Power of Reading teachers plan integrated science and arts teaching using Moth. Bloomsbury UK have also produced teaching resources, which are available to download here.

For a longer look at natural selection and the story behind Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace’s theory, I have written a book especially for KS2 readers, published by Oxford University Press – The Misadventures of Charles Darwin. Have a look inside here.

Daniel and I have created a second picture book that answers a different big question that children ask about life. Fox: A Circle of Life Story looks at what happens when an animal dies, and publishes in October 2020.

Moth downloads

Coming soon! I’ve produced my own free downloads to help you use Moth with different age groups, from art activities focusing on camouflage for KS1 to an deeper exploration of natural selection for KS2. Please check back soon!

Moth workshops

If you would like me to run a Moth-themed science, writing and art workshop at your school, please get in touch!

feature in the Moth gallery

Please send your pupils’ work to [email protected] or via Twitter @isabelwriting