We finished the Literature Story The Strongest One from our Reading Streets Language Arts. I loved it. It was a wonderful springboard to teaching the kids about all sorts of insects!
|We did a Ladybug Lifecycle, above, and everybody did Insect Reports too, after we read The Strongest One from Reading Streets Literature Series. A Wicki I found that had some great activities for my kids is HERE at okaloosaschools. |
Here is my cute granddaughter swimming with me at Cowabunga Bay in September and she not only found a caterpillar (top pic) but a minute later she found a baby grasshopper! It was so cute I just HAD to include it! She's a cutie!
|Kids LOVE non fiction. And for our library time we each checked out a book on a favorite insect and did INSECT ART and REPORTS.|
Here are some of the Cooperative Group's posters....everybody added facts to the posters of Ants, Grasshoppers, Dragonflies and Fireflies, Beetles and Ladybugs, and Honeybees/Wasps/Yellowjackets.
The kids added facts to the butcher papers I had illustrated, and they added facts to their own sloppy copy newsprint lined papers. Then I edited them all. The next day we rewrote them on the insect paper.
|Some of the insect books we read....and we watched a Magic School Bus Ants in it's Pants video too.|
|We had honeybees, dragonflies, grasshoppers, ants and ladybugs.|
|Insect Card Game at one of the centers for the week.|
|Ant report after we read the story THE STRONGEST ONE (about ants of course!) We also read the story|
The Pocket chart had a few cute poems in them for the week.
They weren't as popular as the microscope though.
The kids did a really nice job on their insect reports. I loved them all....I especially loved the illustrations. I can't help myself! I'm an art minor! What are you gonna do, ya know?
|K brought in this cool necklace with a real bug! Everybody thought it was pretty incredible!|
|Wouldn't YOU love a BUG NECKLACE TOO? Hmmmm?|
|More books we read.some kids brought insect books from home too. Ant Cities was another popular book we read|
|Another center game. How many words can you make out of the words grasshopper, dragonfly and butterfly?|
|Scholastic News Science Spin we read to get us started on ladybugs.|
|Here the kids are making their life cycle flap books.|
|You can see the pictures of the lifecycle we glued underneath the tops and then we made ruler lines on the lower part to write about the stages.|
|Ladybug Life Cycles Flap Books.|
|Finished Ladybug Life Cycle. Look at that proud grin!!|
|Cute Dragonfly picture and report....|
|One center were these plastic insects with viewers and some metamorphosis slides under a microscope.|
The kids loved to look at these bug models under the viewers.
|It is a very popular Insect Center....My SCIENCE CENTER has insect books, write and wipe off activities and these insects with viewers. It also includes the microscope with slides of insects morphing. |
|Grasshopper report was really interesting! After they finished their final copies of their reports they got white art paper and traced or did a freehand drawing of their insect. I got lots of good simple drawings HERE at Enchanted Learning. I copied off some of their reports too for kids to glean facts from. Especially if they had chosen something like earwigs or termites!!|
|Our finished bulletin board on all the insects we studied. All week we read weekly readers, literature books and non-fiction insect books and stories for background knowledge.|
|We made life cycles and did crossword puzzles too. HERE at bogglesworld are some insect worksheets we used.|
When we were all done most kids agreed that insects were pretty cool creatures. I had a few bug boxes I had gotten from the dollar store a few years ago and the kids checked them out at recess and found all kinds of bugs in the grass. It was a living museum for a week! Bugs are good critters.