Spring is definitely here and this is the perfect time of year to teach your little learners about insects! I love how our science standards help us tackle this, but I also thoroughly enjoy integrating it in reading and writing!
Read about them through non-fiction text!
We always start science units with reading about them. Usually, we read short, non-fiction texts with real-life photos. The kids are GLUED to the images!
Go on a bug hunt!
Fresh air is always good for everyone so grab a hand lens and head outside to find some bugs! Come back and record your findings in your science journals.
Watch a fun video to learn the difference between insects and arachnids.
Use Play-Doh to build insects and discuss their parts.
Play-Doh is always a hit with my students! It’s like Christmas when I pull it out for us to use!
Watch monarch butterflies grow in your classroom.
I was able to do this once with my kindergarten class and it was a total hit!! You can order a kit from Monarch Watch HERE. You can never provide too many hands-on experiences!
Animals and insects are the perfect time to teach research with your little writers. They are high-interest topics and my students were always eager to get started every day! It’s an easy way to integrate technology into your lessons, too.
If you think your students don’t need the freedom of “exploring” yet, these fact sheets in my insect unit are great to help them get started! All of the facts needed are right there. Then, you’d like them to do some writing, they can fill out the flip book. It can easily be glued in an interactive notebook. Students can also transfer their information to normal writing paper.
You can get this unit here in my TpT store.