Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Buggin' Out on Insects!

Spring weather is finally here and we have been taking advantage of it for sure!  With warmer weather comes the perfect time for all things buggy.  We have had a blast observing insects and learning about several different types.  This year we focused mainly on bees, ants, ladybugs, praying mantises, and butterflies.  I wish there was time to cover them all!

Here are a few pictures to sum up our fun.


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I just free styled a bee hive pattern for this and asked my kids to make their own bees to go with it.  We used wax paper for the wings and orange paint daubers to dress up the hives.  The handout came from Lyndsey Kuster's Nonfiction Pack {LOVE!}.

This anchor chart was modeled off of Cara Carroll's here.  Though hers is much better than my quick attempt, this chart definitely had my kids excited about recording ant facts.  :)  You can't learn about ants without reading Hey, Little Ant by Phillip M. Hoose!  I snapped a picture of each kid holding the book and we added it to our opinion writing using the question posed at the end of the book.  My kiddos wanted to add their Fab 5 rubric to it as well since we are working so hard on becoming fabulous writers!

Last Friday we released our butterflies and our ladybugs.  It's amazing how attached we become to our little insects as we watch them go through their life cycles.  We are still waiting on our praying mantis egg case to "hatch" so we can observe the tiny insects before letting them go.



We have been practicing substituting sounds to make new words.  I have had these Word Ladder Caterpillar Cards in one of my morning work drawers and they have been a big hit!  Students use the pictures to change either the beginning, middle or ending sound to make the new word.  There are 40 cards that are color coded by short vowel.  There are mixed vowel cards too that make for great review.  I let my kids put the cards inside of the small dry-erase sleeves but there is a reproducible included for those that need them.

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My class really enjoyed learning all about insects from our non-fiction and fiction texts, Let's Find Out Scholastic News magazines, Magic School Bus videos and more.  We wrapped up our unit by making these adorable entomologists from Caitlin at Kindergarten Smiles.  I think they turned out super cute!


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