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Insect Thematic Unit

A few weeks ago I shared a lap book activity we did as part of our Insect Thematic Unit.¬† Since the creepy crawly bugs were a big hit at our house and the activity was at least noticed online ūüėČ I thought I’d post the whole thing.

Insect thematic unit‚ÄĒactivities and printables {DaddysTractor.com}

We started by learning what makes a bugРthree body parts, six legs, antenna.  And since no theme unit in our home is complete without making something out of play dough, we went ahead and got that part over with had lots of fun making bugs!

Insect thematic unit‚ÄĒactivities and printables {DaddysTractor.com}

Our Insect unit was full of science, so it was nice to add some dramatic play for social studies.  The kiddos acted out a butterfly life cycle, starting as a bunched-up ball to represent the egg, then crawling on the floor like caterpillars, hanging upside down and being a chrysalis, and finally emerging and being butterflies.

Insect thematic unit‚ÄĒactivities and printables {DaddysTractor.com}

After emerging and allowing our wings to dry, butterflies of course, must find food!  So we had a drink of flower nectar with our long, straw-like tounges!

Insect thematic unit‚ÄĒactivities and printables {DaddysTractor.com}

(That’s lemonade in cups with a construction paper flower laid over the top.¬† I made holes in the middle of the flowers and gave them our smoothie straws for sipping!)

Insect thematic unit‚ÄĒactivities and printables {DaddysTractor.com}

And because all lessons are learned better with food, we also learned how bees, butterflies and other insects pollinate flowers.¬† First the kids cut and glued petals to the outside of a brown paper lunch bag.¬† Then I filled them with (a small serving of baked) Cheetos.¬† They ate the snack and wiped their fingers on the front of the bags as if it were pollen– what’s not to love?!

Insect thematic unit‚ÄĒactivities and printables {DaddysTractor.com}

For art we painted a paper plate red, allowed it to dry, then cut it up the middle and attached the two pieces together with a brad.  Then they both glued a head and dots to their ladybug.  Naturally Brett added a face like the grouchy ladybug in the book.  While Anna worked on her gluing technique, Brett wrote down different ways to represent the dots on his ladybug.  He wrote a six first, then made an addition problem by adding the dots from each side of the body (3+3=6), then wrote a fraction showing how many of the bugs were on the left wing (3/6).

We added a few more things to our lap book.¬† There was the Grouchy Ladybug clock activity from the first post.Insect thematic unit‚ÄĒactivities and printables {DaddysTractor.com}

Grouchy Ladybug 1   Grouchy Ladybug cards 1   Grouchy Ladybug cards 2

And then we had fun with a life cycle circle with Velcro pieces that can be put together over and over and over again!

Life cycle 1   Life cycle circle

Insect thematic unit‚ÄĒactivities and printables {DaddysTractor.com}

We collected pictures from magazines and printed some from online and then sorted insects from non-insects.¬† Watch the pictures you choose, cutesy ladybugs don’t always have six legs or three¬†body parts!¬† We¬†taped these Bug Sorting pockets¬†into our lap book and used them¬†for storing¬†our pieces.

Brett was interested (for a few minutes anyway) in watching YouTube videos of bees “dance” to show the other bees where the flowers are.¬† He had more fun gluing¬†his own dancing¬†bees into patterns on the back of his lap book.

Insect thematic unit‚ÄĒactivities and printables {DaddysTractor.com}

And the Body Part activity¬†on the top half of the folder was a funny way to teach “head,” “thorax,” and “abdomen.”¬† Making sure each body part touched the edges of the paper we took turns drawing insects.¬† Then we lifted the flaps to create funny, mix-matched bugs!¬† Anna wasn’t much help drawing, but she laughed uproariously each time we made a silly creature!

Naturally, books are the most important part of any unit!  Our library had lots of non-fiction books about butterflies, bees, ladybugs etc., for all reading levels and but our favorites were The Very Hungry Caterpillar and The Grouchy Ladybug, both by Eric Carle and several Magic School Bus books.  Oh!  Try Nexflixing Sid the Science Kid Bug Club too.  Enjoy!

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Grouchy Ladybug Insect Activity or Lapbook

The Grouchy Ladybug lapbook or center activity {DaddysTractor.com}

If I ask you what bugs eat you might say “leaves!”¬† In which case you would be partly right.¬† Many bugs eat leaves; tree leaves, soybean leaves, corn plant leaves.¬† These types of bugs can be a problem at times.¬† There are other bugs, however, that can be a farmer’s best friend.¬† One of these is the ladybug, which is why we had to include “The Grouchy Ladybug” by Eric Carle in our recent¬†insect lessons!

The Grouch Ladybug lapbook or center activities {DaddysTractor.com}

Eric Carle dedicates the book with an explanation of how ladybugs eat aphids, a rather destructive little critter.

So in honor of ladybugs, here is a free Grouchy Ladybug Insect Activity that works great as a center in your classroom or in a lapbook like we did for homeschool.

Grouchy Ladybug lapbook or center activity

The Grouchy Ladybug activity for centers or lapbook

Grouchy Ladybug 1

Grouchy Ladybug cards 1

Grouchy Ladybug cards 2

{Update!  To see an entire lesson plan for insects, click here!}

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