Friday, June 19, 2009

Teaching an Insect Unit

BZZZ...those summer bugs are buzzing around everywhere so why not make them into a teachable unit? First here are some great books to use with an insect unit.

Books and Ideas For Using Them




This book is a great book of bug poems that really bring insects to life for little ones.



Here is one just about butterflies that you can use with a Live Butterfly Garden



You can also teach your kids how to sign butterfly.

Here is one about ants


You can also put an Ant Farm up in your classroom so the kids can watch how they tunnel.

The movie Charlotte's Web can be used with these resources.

Of course we can't forget about worms...




Crafts

DLTK has an entire page of bug crafts for preschoolers to make including bees, butterflies, caterpillar, dragonflies, ladybugs, spiders and others.

Enchanted Learning has a paper plate ladybug craft

Use a marble in white paint and roll it around on a black piece of paper to make a spider web.

This Wiggle Worm craft
from Preschool Rock is cute but the beads seem a little small for preschooler safety.
Bookworm Bookmark from About.com



First School has Bumble Bee Coloring Pages

Online Stories


Buzzy Bee Online Story
The Grumpy Bug Online Storybook at Nick Jr

Music and Movement
The Ants Go Marching One By One
One Little Butterfly
Put The Flight of the Bumblebee on and do some bee dancing!

Here is the Beehive Fingerplay

Here is the beehive
where are the bees?
Hidden away where nobody sees
Here they come creeping out of the hive
1,2,3,4,5

Do this with a closed fist until the count to five and then buzz around to the children's hands like a bee. When they start to get to excited then say "Put your bees back in the hive" and start the fingerplay again.

Free Audio Story
--The Creepy Crawly Caterpillar- This is over at Kiddierecords.com which is an incredible collection of old records. I have given you the direct link to the mp3 file but check out the entire site! To save the mp3 file directly to your computer right click on the link to save the file then burn it to a cd.

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