Beetles, and Caterpillars, and Flies, OH MY! This week, we spent a lot of time studying insects and their characteristics, as well as practiced our weekly skill of learning to sequence events!
We learned so much this week during our group activities. On Tuesday, we were each given a slip of paper with a type of insect on it, and then we shared our insect with the class and talked about whether it was a good bug or a bad bug. We then placed it on our class chart. We agreed that ladybugs, butterflies, and others, were good insects, while wasps, dung beetles, earwigs, etc. were bad. On Wednesday, we did a super cute craft. We made lightning bug (firefly) sun catchers. We took pieces of yellow tissue paper and stuck them to contact paper. We cut out and added black wings and a head, and viola! We had an adorable bug to put in our window. On Thursday, we read The Very Hungry Caterpillar (By Eric Carl) at circle time. We then had to work with our high school buddies to sequence the story, by putting what he ate in order by day (For example, FIRST on Monday, he ate 1 apple. THEN on Tuesday, he ate 2 pears). After that, we had to retell the story using our paper. to see if we put the story in the right order.
We had a great time during free time! On Tuesday, we learned about the life cycle of butterfly at the science table, by doing a cute activity with pasta. At the language table, we played a game that involved slapping certain letters with a fly swatter. We also made a cute lady bug at the art table, and tried to make it through a spider web (made of rope) obstacle course in the hallway. On Wednesday, we learned about the characteristics of an insect (they have 6 legs, 3 body parts, etc.) at the Science Table and then had to be able to identify which bug was an insect. At the language table, we did an insect scavenger hunt, and at the art table we painted cups for the seeds that we're going to plant next week. In the hallway, we did a fun beanbag toss activity. On Thursday, we worked a lot with patterns and sequences. We decorated a bug by making a pattern with paper shapes at the art table, and did an assessment with colors at the language table. At the science table, we observed REAL insects (under glass) with magnifying glasses (just like a scientist!). In the hallway, we did a maze that involved carrying balls, using our hands and even our legs! It was hard, but lots of fun!
Alia Laack is a high school Family and Consumer Sciences teacher who runs the Early Childhood Education program at Century High School, including the Little Jags Preschool.