Grade: all
Subject: other

#974. Bugs

, level: all
Posted Sun Apr 11 06:32:48 PDT 1999 by Collections from the ring Sandy/K/MO (
Activity Time: varied

This week Aaron will be learning about Bugs.
We will read BUGS by Nancy Winslow Parker.
It is an unusual combination of rhymes, scientific facts and illustrations
for young readers to enjoy. On the left side of the open pages, a rhyme about
a person and a gug is printed with clear, simple, colorful illustrations. On
the right side of the open pages, Parker provides a scientific drawing of the
bug and the authors discuss facts about the insects. The book introduces them
to the fascinating world of fifteen common insects and one slug.
Circle Time Presentation
We are going to recall the insects THE VERY QUIET CRICKET met, and discuss
that Cricket's story was an imaginary one, and that insects do not talk in
human voices to each other. Ask Aaron what insects he has seen or felt. I
will elicit some discussion about biting insects as mosquitoes and fleas, and
begin reading the first page where Thelma is bitten on the thigh by a
housefly. I will read only the rhyming pages of the book first. I will read
the first page again, and ask him if he noticed the drawings on the right
pages. Then I will read all that he requests.
We will then listen to the short version of the book on cassette
tape(available in the library)
We will recall and illustrate an experience they had with a bug.
We will move to the art center and discuss some of my encounters with bugs, a
bee string, a mosquito bite. Just as the children in the book encounter bugs,
I will have describe some of his close encounters with bugs or slugs.
We will fold the large sheet of art paper down the middle. Ask Aaron to draw
or paint on the left side of the paper.
When his drawing or paintings are completed, I will ask him to dictate or I
will write in his own words sentence or two about the bug or slug encounters.
**Something to think about--
I will bind these illustrations in a book for him. We will create a role
playing on what happened in his encounter.
Creative Dramatics
We will discuss how some people are afraid of bugs and slugs. We will talk
about how some people run away, others go for the bug spray or fly swatter and
some jump on the chairs.
We will look at the illustrations of the people and their reactions to bugs
and slugs in the book BUGS.
I will ask him which character in the book he would like to be, and act out
their experiences. I will let him look at the book with the particular
character. I will then read the book BUGS again and let him act the scene.
When it is time for his character, I will remind him to get "ready".
Library Corner
I will place the taped version in the cassette player with headphones on his
library table. He will be able to listen to it, when he desires. I will also
place a collection of insect books in the same area. Some of the books I
chose were World's Weirdest Bugs by M.L. Roberts, Facts about Insects by
Elizabeth Cooper, A Golden Guide Insects by Herbert S. Zim, PH.D., Eye Openers
Insects and Crawly Creatures by Angela Royston, and Spiders by Gail Gibbons.
Mathematics and Manipulatives: Symbols for Size
Aaron will identify symbols which relate to the actual lengths of insects.
Paper, marker, basket containing a variety of objects such as crayon box,
pieces of chalk, crayon, paper clips small toy cars.
What to do--
I will ask Aaron to select some objects from the basket and draw them. I
will ask him to trace around it to make an outline. I will discuss how this
is the actual size of the object. We will look at the illustrations in BUGS.
We will discuss how the pictures of the children, bugs, slugs and the insects
are drawn larger than they really are. I will ask him to decide whether the
insects in the scientific drawings are really that large. The line on the
right side on the drawings are the actual size of the insect or slug. I will
ask Aaron if he knows why the author drew them that large. I will then ask
him to draw a line beside his first drawings to indicate the length the object
from the basket really is. I will draw his attention to the symbols used in
the scientific drawings. Parts of the insects or slugs are numbered, then a
key is provided. In addition, the scientific signs for male and female are
Science and Nature
We will go on a nature walk and collect a live insect. His insect bottle has
a magnifying glass included. Hopefully, we will be able to find a dead one!
I will lay it out onto a tray and let him gently move it with a popsicle
stick. I will let him examine it under a magnifying glass to look closely at
the insect's body parts. I will help him learn how to pronouce
(tune: "Mary Had a Little Lamb")
The bugs are creeping in the soil,
In the soil, In the soil.
The bugs are creeping in the soil
So they can find their food.

The bugs are creeping in the soil,
In the soil, in the soil.
The bugs are creeping in the soil,
So they can find their food.

In my water table I will add rubber bugs and dirt and let him dig, dig and

I hope Aaron will enjoy learning about Bugs as much as I will!


I know how many people have trouble opening mail with attachments so I
just copied the page! Hope this is OK!
A Bug
I saw a bug
with twenty feet
Go crawling up
and down the street,
And wondered if
he stubbed one toe
If he would ever
really know.
Category: Insects
Title: Ant Information
- Each nest has a handful of males, less queens and lots of workers.
- Three balls (head, thorax, abdoman), six legs
- They smell with their antennae (very sensitive)
- The cooperate
- It's the queens job to lay the eggs, the males help her
- Some workers build the nests, some take care of the eggs, some hunt
for food, some take care of the queen
- Worker ants have two stomachs (one holds their food the other is for
Category: Insects
Title: B Hive Game
Materials: Small box, brown paper, Construction Paper, Pictures of
things that start with 'B', Picture of other things that don't.
Cover a small box with brown paper to make a beehive. Cut a slit in the
top of the beehive and label it with the letter B. Cut bee shapes out of
construction paper. Glue pictures of things that have names beginning
with B and pictures of things that have names beginning with other
letters on the bee shapes. Explain to the children that only the bees
that have pictures of things whose names begin with 'B' can go into the
'B' hive. Then let the children take turns selecting a bee and deciding
whether or not it can go into the beehive.
Contributed by: Stephanie
Category: Insects
Title: Bug Fingers
Need:Old rubber gloves, pipe cleaners, feathers, felt, wiggly eyes,etc.,
Hot glue gun or tacky glue
Cut the fingers off the rubber gloves, glue on pipecleaners for legs,
wiggly eyes, pompoms for noses, and feathers on back. Makes cute finger
Contributed by Mary in MN (
Category: Insects
Title: Capture A Spider's Web
Materials: Enamel Spray Paint, Construction Paper or tagboard, Scissors,
Perhaps a ladder
Procedure: Search around outside until you find a good spider web. Spray
both sides of the web with enamel paint. BE CAREFUL--IF YOU SPRAY TOO
paper or tagboard against the 'wet' web. It should stick to the wet
paint. Carefully cut the 'guy lines'. Lay the paper down until the web
is dry.
Category: Insects
Title: Carlos the Caterpillar
Have children trace large circles on green paper. (The inside of a roll
of masking tape makes an easily traceable shape.) The teacher numbers
the circles 1,2,3,4 etc. so that the children can paste them in
numerical order.
The children then cut out circles and paste them together by overlapping
Small strips of paper can be available for adding 'feet.'
Category: Insects
Title: Caterpillar
Fuzzy, wuzzy, creepy, crawly,
Caterpillar funny,
You will be a butterfly
When the days are sunny.
Winging, flinging, dancing, springing,
Butterfly so yellow,
You were once a caterpillar
Wriggly, wiggly fellow.
Thanks to Judy Primrose of Saanich, B.C.
Contributed by Jean Roberts
Category: Insects
Title: Fuzzy Wuzzy Caterpillar
Fuzzy wuzzy caterpillar in the garden creeps
He spins himself a blanket and soon falls fast asleep.
Fuzzy wuzzy caterpillar wakes up by and by
To find he has wings of beauty, changed to a butterfly.
Category: Insects
Title: Incey Wincey Spider
Incey Wincey Spider
Climbed up the water spout.
Down came the rain,
and washed the spider out.
Out came the sun,
and dried up all the rain.
And the Incey Wincey Spider,
Climbed up the spout again.
Big Fat Charley
Tinny Winny Spider
Category: Insects
Title: Ladybugs
You need:paper bowls , red tissue paper, glue, black construction paper,
pipe cleaners, & paint brushes.
Give the children some tissue paper and have them rip it into small
pieces. Mix glue with a little water to thin it out and pour into a
small container. Give each child some glue and a paint brush. Let them
glue the tissue paper all over the back of the paper bowls . Cut some
black circles out of the construction paper and let them glue those on
to. Poke two holes in the bowl on one edge of the top and have the
children stick one end of the pipe cleaner in each hole from the inside
of the bowl and then pull them through so they look like antenna. We
finished up by drawing a face on with markers.Contributed by Carol
Category: Insects
Title: Little Wiggle Worm
(Teapot song)
I'm a little wiggle worm watch me go!
I can wiggle fast or very, very slow.
I wiggle all around, then back I go.
Down into the ground, to the home I know.
Contributed by BJ
Category: Insects
Title: Mr Butterfly
Butterfly, butterfly, where do you fly?
Where do you go alone?
Is it for flowers and honey you spy?
Have you a home of your own?
What is your name?
Do you live in the wood?
And what do you come to see?
Dear Mr. Buterfly, won't you tell
Your secrets to someone like me.
Contributed by Jean Roberts
Category: Insects
Title: Pretty Little Butterfly
Pretty little butterfly, what do you do all day?
I fly around the flowerpots, nothin' to do but play.
Nothin' to do but play, darlin', nothin' to do but play.
So fly butterfly, fly butterfly, don't waste your time away.
Category: Insects
Title: Spring Style
Caterpillars, dressed in fur,
Look elegant and grand;
If I dressed that way in spring,
No one would understand.
Category: Insects
Title: The Bee Hive
Here is the bee hive
Where are the bees?
Hidden away where nobody sees.
Soon they come creeping
Out of the hive
One and two and three, four, five
Category: Insects
Title: The Ladybug
When strolling through the garden
You should chance to see
A ladybug out walking
Please say 'Hi!' for me.
For a ladybug is a good bug
And she helps the garden grow,
She's supposed to bring good luck
So be sure to say 'Hello!'
Contributed by Jean Roberts
Category: Insects
Title: Worm Bookmark
Cut out a curvy worm about 6-8 x 2-3 or as wanted Put the following on
Preschool has gone to the worms! We've been watching worms, wiggling
like worms, and even eating worms (the gummy kind). When you stop to
think about it, worms are very fascinating.
Did you know that.....One kind of earthworm in Austrialia can grow up to
nine feet long?...Their tunneling, eating habits, waste elimination make
it easier for plants to grow in soil?
...Worms don't have any eyes, but special cells in their skin sense
light? I used plastic fishing worms (instead of the real thing) for the
kids to paint with.
Contributed by BJ
Category: Insects
Title: Worm Farm
1. Empty plastic soda bottle. Remove an inch or so of the top. Add 2
inches of gravel or small stones for drainage. We alternated layers of
dark brown dirt, old playsand and more dirt and new playsand. About 2 or
3 inches of each.
4. In the middle of the layers we snuck in some cut up peices of banana
peel. (A real worm treat food.)
5. Cover the outside of the bottle with black const. paper for a few
days. We started ours on Fri. pm. so the temptation to open would be
6. Open in a few days. Look carefully. They should see tunnels made by
the worms as they moved. Soil levels begin to mix after a while. Shows
the kids how the worms do their work under the ground.
Category: Insects
Title: Worm Pie
1 foil cupcake cup per child (not muffin tin liner)
3 chocolate cookie per child
1 small box of instant chocolate pudding for every 8 children
2 c. of milk per box
1 Gummy worm per child
Teacher Prep:
Place the cookies the plastic bag and crush into crumbs. Prepare
chocolate pudding according to package directions.
Children put Gummy Worm on bottom on foil cupcake cup. Spoon in cookies
crumbs and pudding.
These ideas were from The Mailbox, 8/9/95
Contributed by BJ

Ladybug Poem
Little red ladybug sits on a leaf.
She sits on a leaf on a tree.
And as she sits on that little green leaf.
There are so many friends to see!
Little yellow bumblebees buzz by the leaf.
they buzz by the leaf on the tree.
And as they buzz by that little green leaf.
There are so many friends to see! Continue substituting the different insect and have children
act out. Idea is from The Mailbox Mag. April/May l995.You can do a take off on Brown Bear, Brown
Bear, What Do YOU See? by Bill Martin Ladybug, Ladybug, what do you see? I see a butterfly
looking at me.. I have them make butterfly they can wear on their wrist. Just have children
color and cut our large butterfly and glue to a paper toilet paper roll that is slit to fit on
their wrist. They can make the butterfly fly by moving their arm. Lori

yost wrote:

> Thanks much. anyone else doing creepy critters now? we have painted lady
> caterpillars in the room, but knew the kids would tire of just butterflies and
> caterpillars before they fully develop.
> I also picked up two other items at Borders today (an expensive trip --- left my
> discount card at home)
> Make It Work: Insects (the hands-on approach to science) by Liz Wyse ISBN:
> 1-882210-95-4
> Build your own bugs - a book and rubber stamp kit by Andrews and McMeel ISBN:
> 0-8362-4242-4
> VanCleave's book is on amazon too at
> Found some good lesson plan ideas at:
> I need more poems, and songs if anyone has some.
> Any other ideas or suggestions?
> Thanks
> Nancy
> > These are some really neat sites on bugs. Hope you enjoy.
> > Sandy/K/MO
> > Click here: Yucky Bug World
> > > > HREF="" rel="nofollow">Teache
> > r Guide
> >
> > Images of
> > Insects and their Relatives
> >
> > Insect-World Front Page
> >
> > Experience Entomology
> > this is really cool
> > > > HREF="" rel="nofollow">Univers
> > ity of Kentucky Department of Entomology
> >
> >
> > Insects as Food
> > - Insect Recipes
> >
> > Iowa State University
> > Entomology Image Gallery
> >

Here's a couple of ideas my kinders especially love during our bug unit:

1. Bugwatcher glasses- this was something my student teacher did last year
and it was a huge hit! She bought a few pairs of inexpensive plastic
children's sunglasses, took the lenses out and hot-glued plastic insects all
around the frames- voila- Bugwatcher glasses! These were at our "Creepy
Crawler Corner" for the children to put on when they were @ that center-
observing the Butterfly house or doing any of the other activities-
absolutely adorable and made for the cutest pictures! Very simple to make

2. "What Bugs Us!"- Each child created a fingerprint bug on a 4x6 index card
using colored stamp pads(except if they chose a bee, we used yellow paint).
They added features (legs, spots, antennae, etc) with a fine line Sharpie. Most
popular choices were ladybugs, ants, spiders, bees and caterpillars(cutest!).
Then they either wrote or dictated what "bugs" them. These were displayed
in a pocket chart on a bulletin board with the caption What Bugs Us(Bugs was
in red with black sticker dots, other letters black) Once the kids
understood the pun they had so much fun with this- their responses were great
and the parents got such a kick reading these on Open House night.

3. A great find- I was at Pic n Save (may just be a Calif. store) and found
packages of good quality plastic insects-12 for 99 cents. These are so fun
for sorting, counting etc. and the kids love them! They also had plastic bug
houses for 99 cents.

Anyway, just a few more ideas..... :-) Jenni/k/Ca