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Bug Unit

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Mandi Hudnall

on 29 April 2014

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Transcript of Bug Unit



Overarching Questions - What kinds of transitions do bugs make during spring?

Enduring Understandings - Bugs come in different shapes, colors and sizes.

Bugs have different jobs.

Unit Topic-Bugs
Unit: A Bug's Life
Kentucky Standards
Crawlers
Flyers
Where do they live?
What jobs do they have?
Unit Subtopics
Anchor Texts and Experiences
English/Language Arts Standard
-Benchmark 3.1: Listen to and/or responds to reading materials with interest and enjoyment.
Health/Mental Wellness Standard
-Benchmark 1.2: Shows social cooperation
Math Standard
- Benchmark 1.3: Uses the attributes of objects for comparison and patterning.
Benchmark 1.4: Use nonstandard and/or standard units to measure and describe.
Physical Education Standard
- Benchmark 1.4: Performs fine motor tasks using eye-hand coordination.
Science Standard
- Benchmark 1.1: Explores features of environment through manipulation.
Benchmark 1.2: Investigates simple scientific concepts.
Benchmark 1.3: Uses a variety of tools to explore the environment.
Benchmark 1.4: Collects, describes, and/or records information through a variety of means.
Benchmark 1.5: Makes and verifies predictions based on past experiences.
Social Studies Standard
- Benchmark 1.1: Differentiates between events that happen in the past, present, and future.





Take a nature walk and identify the insects seen. Use insect picture identification cards and magnifying glasses.
Draw insects seen from nature walk and narrate the description of bugs appearance.
Graph the children's favorite insect.
Collect insects in jars for observations in class.


The Very Hungry Caterpillar
What did the butterfly start as?
Why did the caterpillar eat so much on Saturday?
Beetle Bop
How many types of beetles do you see?
What pattern do you see on the striped beetle?
Bugs! Bugs! Bugs!
What actions do the bugs do?
Examine the bug-o-meter and where do bugs live?
The Crunching, Munching Caterpillar
What is caterpillar doing in the blackberry bush?
What happens to caterpillar as he dreams in the winter?
The Very Busy Spider
How many legs does a spider have?
Why doesn't the spider answer the animals?
Two Bad Ants
What does the ant bring home?
What is a scout ant?
An Ants Day Off
What is an anthill?
What happens to Bart when he encounters the frog?
The Grouchy Ladybug
What are the two ladybugs doing in the beginning if the story?
Why is the grouchy ladybug looking for a fight?
The Lonely Firefly
Who does the firefly meet?
What is a newborn?
The Quiet Cricket
How does the cricket make his sound?
Name an insect that the cricket meets?
As the class goes on the nature walk, ask the children to label the insects found and listen for vocabulary learned. During center time, observe the children and ask children to describe the physical appearance of bugs in books, toy bugs, etc. Ask the children to point to and name the parts of an insect . Ask the children what jobs an insect has and where do they live?
chrysalis
metamorphosis
insect
larvae
caterpillar
nectar
transform
antenna
compound eyes
fore wings
hind wings
abdomen
legs
magnifying glasses


We will send home school/activities home on Friday for the parents to work with their children.


They can make caterpillars out of cardboard egg cartons. They can paint them green and add wiggly eyes and pipe cleaner antennae.


Cut out flower shapes from construction paper that will cover paper cups. Fill paper cups with fruit juice, insert a straw into the middle of the paper flowers and let children drink “nector” from the flowers.



As a small group, the children will reflect upon the knowledge learned through the unit. The teacher will ask the children to point to and name the parts of an insect in a photograph. The teacher will also ask the child to describe the physical aspects of the insect. In that same discussion, the child will be asked about insect jobs and habitats. The teacher will be recording the knowledge the child has learned on a chart.

Alignment to Kentucky Early Childhood Standards
Ideas for Learning Centers
Blocks
Dramatic Play
Art
Music
Technology
Math/ Manipulatives
Science/ Discovery
Literacy
Sensory

Writing
Book List
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Family Engagement
Week 1
Week 2
Weekly Lesson Plans
Overview of the weekly activities to be shared with parents.
Math: Insect puzzles, Bug memory cards, Bug counters, Sort bugs by color, size and type

Literacy: Insect books, Bug felt board pieces, The Very Hungry Caterpillar sequence cards, Bug Puppets

Science: Buggy sensory (plastic bugs, grass, tweezers, tongs), magnifying glasses and real bugs, insect photos, nature journals

Art: Ink pads and plastic bugs to make prints, Paint bug creations, Construct a bug with recycled materials

Music: Bug finger plays and songs, Bug dance to classical music

Special Projects/ Centers: Nature Walk with bug house, nature journal to draw insects seen

Cooking-Ants on a log
Math: Build a bug(Cootie), arrange bugs big to small and small to big, count bugs to match number card

Literacy: Bug books, Very Hungry Caterpillar book props, finger puppets made in art

Science: Bug/Habitat matching cards, sort flying insects and crawling bugs, review nature journals

Art: Make bug finger puppets with glove finger tip and collage materials, watercolor paint coffee filters and add pipe cleaners or clothespins to make butterflies, draw favorite insect using markers, colored pencils, and crayons

Music: Dress up in bug costumes and dance, practice bug songs and finger plays introduced the prior week

Special Projects/ Centers: Go on a bug hunt and collect real bugs, write and draw in the nature journal while outside, graph the children's favorite bug on a chart
Three Lesson Plans
Lesson 1
Objective: Students will be able to retell the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
Standards: English/Language Arts Standard 3: Demonstrates general skills and strategies of the reading process.
Procedures: Read The Very Hungry Caterpillar during large group.
Assessment:The teacher will listen to the student retell the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
Materials: The Very Hungry Caterpillar book and puppets/visuals.
Accommodations (Extension and Support): Extension- I will let the student read to the class. Support- I will let the student use the correct visuals as I reread the story.

Lesson 2
Objective: The student will sort flying bugs from crawling bugs.
Standards: Math Standard 1: Demonstrates general skills and uses concepts of mathematics.
Procedures: 1. Read our book about insects. 2. Review the difference in the bugs that fly and those that crawl.
Assessment: The teacher will ask the children to sort flying bugs from crawling bugs.
Materials: Books about insects and bug manipulatives
Accommodations (Extension and Support): Extension- The student can also sort those that can fly and crawl from those that only fly and those that only crawl.
Support- I will give the student less bugs to choose from.
Lesson 3
Objective: The students will be able to use magnifying glass to identify bugs while going on a nature walk
Standards:

1.3: Uses a variety of tools to explore the environment.
Procedures: Before going on the nature walk we will look at pictures of different bugs to identify them.
Assessment: The teacher will observe while the students identify the bugs
Materials: Magnify glass, pictures of bugs with names
Accommodations (Extension ) Ask the children to know if they fly or not and what they eat (Support): I would stand close to these children and offer encouragement and help if needed to identify the bugs
Beetle Bop
Bugs!Bugs! Bugs!
The Crunching Munching Caterpillar
Two Bad Ants
An Ants Day Off
The Grouchy Lady Bug
The Lonely Firefly
The Quiet Cricket
The Very Busy Spider
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
We will send home school/activities home on Friday for the parents to work with their children.
English/Language Arts Standard-Benchmark 3.1: Listen to and/or responds to reading materials with interest and enjoyment.
Health/Mental Wellness Standard-Benchmark 1.2: Shows social cooperation
Math Standard-Benchmark 1.3: Uses the attributes of objects for comparison and patterning.
Benchmark 1.4: Use nonstandard and/or standard units to measure and describe.
Physical Education Standard- Benchmark 1.4: Performs fine motor tasks using eye-hand coordination.
Science Standard- Benchmark 1.1: Explores features of environment through manipulation.
Benchmark 1.2: Investigates simple scientific concepts.
Benchmark 1.3: Uses a variety of tools to explore the environment.
Benchmark 1.4: Collects, describes, and/or records information through a variety of means.
Benchmark 1.5: Makes and verifies predictions based on past experiences.
Social Studies Standard- Benchmark 1.1: Differentiates between events that happen in the past, present, and future.

Plastic bugs
Green shag carpet pieces for grass
Make bug houses with blocks
Twigs and small branches
Silk plants and flowers

* Have bug stamps and stamp pads
* Have play-doh and bug cutters
* Plastic toy bugs to paint with
* Make sure you have the following in the collage box:
pipe cleaners, googly eyes, tissue paper, egg cartons, coffee filters, water paints, clothes pins, pom poms, variety of paper, glue, scissors, glitter and include picture cards of bugs for them to model.

Play classical music and have the children put on scarfs to pretend they are a butterfly.
The children color the four life stages of a butterfly and then glue them to a picture of a tree on construction paper. We will hang these in the classroom.

Have them make Very Hungry Caterpillar Fruit Salad and write down what they liked and dis-liked. They could also take/make pictures of the finished project

1 Apple
2 Pears
3 Plums
4 Strawberries
5 Oranges
Bunch of Mint Leaves

Peel, pare, seed, hull and section each fruit. Cut into bite-sized pieces. Then put them all together in a big bowl and chill. Garnish each serving with a sprig of mint. Serve to a small group of friends, after reading a good book. You’ll enjoy every bit of it.
The Little Cricket
(Point to one finger at a time.)
The first little cricket played a violin.
The second little cricket joined right in.
The third little cricket made a crackly song.
The fourth little cricket helped him along.
The fifth little cricket cried, "Crick-crick-cree.
The orchestra is over and it's time for tea?


Sung to: "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star"

Flutter, flutter, butterfly.
Floating in the summer sky.
Floating by for all to see,
Floating by so merrily.
Flutter, flutter, butterfly,
Floating in the summer sky
Seek and find bottles with bugs
Song
Song
Exploration Tubes with insects inside
* Variety of books on bugs
* Puppets of bugs
* Pictures or stories pieces for felt board
* Sequencing story cards
* Stuffed bugs
Use the internet to look up words the children may not know
Magnifying glasses
Have them help you find pictures and descriptions of bugs on the internet
Bug counters
Tweezers
Bug Specimen cubes
Real bugs for them to explore
Have different types of bugs that are different in size and shape so they can feel the difference in them
Cups or scoops
Tweezers and bug cages
Sand or Easter grass
Feel a real bee hive, wasp nest or honey comb
Have them make predictions of what different types of bugs that they are going to see through out the week
Practice writing the names of insects
Narrate and draw stories about bugs
Match game
Lace up cards
Listen to story books on a CD player
Small bug nets and plastic bugs
Dress up clothes:
Bug costumes, antenna head bands,
bee keeper, scientist vest,
hard hats and construction vests
Bug cages
Anchor Learning Experiences
Formative Assessment Opportunities
Family Engagement
Culminating Tasks
Anchor Texts and Key Questions
Key Vocabulary
Use camera to take pictures of bugs the children find

Numbers cards
Balancing bucket
Add insect costumes for dress up as they dance
Nature Journals
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