May 13, 2013

Bugs, Bugs, Bugs!

Last week we started our bug unit! Ewwww....gross! 

We're wrapping things up this week, but I thought I'd go ahead 
and share some of the fun things we've done!

We started the week with Eric Carle's 
The Grouchy Ladybug

 

This book is about the meeting of two ladybugs on a leaf who both are wanting some aphids. The larger (quite arrogant) ladybug challenges the other to a fight but then decides he's not worth fighting because of his smaller size. 

Throughout the book, the arrogant ladybug searches for bigger and bigger animals to fight. Each page of the book gets larger and larger as the sizes of the animals increase. In the end, the ladybug is put slapped back into place by the great blue whale. He then decides to be nice and share the aphids. 

What a perfect lesson for this time of year! 
When students are getting 
grouchy, demanding, and selfish
(A good reminder for us teachers too!)


Now, I know Kindergartners are no longer required to be taught time, 
but if you do still teach it, this book is a great resource to support that. 



I love finding the stories we read together, read aloud online too-
Here is a link to...



I found this fun, twirling ladybug craft for my students to do too! 

Find directions and watch them twirl in the wind here!

We stuck to red ladybugs! 






This is how ours turned out! Love them!



In other bug news...

I created these fun positional word, activity readers for 
the kids to add to their book boxes. 


They loved them! AND  it helped them meet:
CCSS.Math.Content.K.G.A.1 Describe objects in the environment using names of shapes, and describe the relative positions of these objects using terms such as abovebelowbesidein front ofbehind, and next to.

They are exciting to read as well! 




Want this for your class too? You can find it at my store for only $2!

Just click here!




I also found these AWESOME writing and cut/paste labeling 
bug activities from a great seller on TPT. 



As we learned about various bugs throughout the week, 
I pulled them up on the Smartboard and talked about them at carpet time. 
I then left them up there during center time so that students 
could use it as a resource as they recalled what they had learned.


 The kids enjoyed sprawling out on the carpet to fill in their bug labels!



Find these at Regina Davis's store!


One of our writing times brought out all kinds of buggy stories! 
These are some of Deanna Jump's writing sheets that 
we've been using this year.

I gave the students the following prompt:

If you could be any bug in the world, what would you be? 
And what would you do?

Here are a couple of responses!


 "I am a bee. I am drinking from a flower."

And one more...

"If I was a butterfly I would flap my wings and they would be pretty."


At carpet time, we watched some pretty neat videos 
about various bugs. Check out what we saw!

Click NEXT TO the P button in the middle of the video screen to watch it!
THE LADYBUG (The life cycle of a ladybug)

The Lonely Lightening Bug


Caterpillar to Butterfly


butterfly life cycle (metamorphosis) song


The Very Hungry Caterpillar-Puppet Show

I'll close now by leaving you this song:
Find the music here.

Shoo Fly Don't Bother Me!


Shoo fly, don't bother me.
Shoo fly, don't bother me.
Shoo fly, don't bother me.
For I belong to somebody.

I feel, I feel
I feel like a morning star.
I feel, I feel
I feel like a morning star.

I feel, I feel
I feel like a morning star.
I feel, I feel
I feel like a morning star.

Oh!

Shoo fly, don't bother me.
Shoo fly, don't bother me.
Shoo fly, don't bother me.
For I belong to somebody.

I feel, I feel
I feel like a morning star.
I feel, I feel
I feel like a morning star.

I feel, I feel
I feel like a morning star.
I feel, I feel
I feel like a morning star.

Oh!

Shoo fly, don't bother me.
Shoo fly, don't bother me.
Shoo fly, don't bother me.
For I belong to somebody.


Til next time...
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2 comments:

  1. I love this Bek! I just love Eric Carle and miss that my kids are too big for him now. I have sent some of his books to my grands. Maybe when they visit this summer, I can use some of your great ideas.

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  2. Have you been able to use any of the ideas with your grandkids yet? I hope so! Thanks for reading!

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