Thursday, June 27, 2013


I have been wanting to write about this for awhile, but I've gotten so excited about all the linky parties - aren't they so much fun?

Let me give you a little background. Our district follows a reading series - Houghton Mifflin Journeys. In the past, we've gotten done with that a week or two before the end of the year, so I needed something to do during that time, and we would study one of the marvelous units I had purchased through TpT. But this year, the way the schedule went, our series took us right through the last full week of school. However! I had some time in the afternoon, so I took it and we did some studying of insects. 


I started with Deanna Jump's Insect Unit:

 Insects Math and Literacy Fun
Deanna has some great pictures and introductory information about insects. I would project her unit on my Smartboard, so the kids could see all the pictures. She also has a fun rhyme {that I think she wrote herself!}. She also has crafts that the kids can make. 

I also used some of Monica Schroeder's unit:

Insects: Creepy Crawly Fun

Monica has some great experiments to try with your class.

I also was quite happy to find this new thing from Scholastic Book Clubs:

I was able to purchase these 8 bug books with points - so it felt like a freebie to me! Scholastic calls these Knowledge Quest books. They have them on other subjects, also. 

Of course, of course, we did not get to everything I wanted to do. We read Honey in a Hive and watched the Reading Rainbow video about bees - too cool. I had to ask one of my lower readers to please quit asking questions during the video - he was SO interested in what was going on. {Made me want to watch just him and me, so I could answer his questions as we were going.}

We also read the Insect Detective which explained what characteristics an insect has. And we read Are you a Dragonfly? which had lots of new information for me {I know!} about dragonflies.

Oh, Oh, almost forgot - what did I have my kiddos do with all this information we were gathering? Well, I gave them a piece of construction paper. I had them label it as their insect folder. They folded it in half {like a folder} and decorated it. Then we made a little graphic organizer about what makes an insect an insect. And we made a graphic organizer about dragonflies and bees. And maybe something else, I can't remember for sure. Ah, I wish I had pictures I could show you - but they are at school, and I'm at home, and the two aren't meeting for awhile! 

I really enjoyed this unit, and I think the kids did, too. I didn't get to the experiments that I wanted to do. But now I'm thinking that I might start this school year with insects. I was reading in First 6 Weeks of School to start the year off with something that is accessible and can provide an easy home-school connection. Living in southwest Kansas, I think insects are pretty accessible!

OK, totally off the subject - but is anyone having this problem? I keep waking up about 10 minutes earlier than the day before. I don't think my body understands that we should be sleeping longer than the day before! Anyway, I'm very tired. Which may lead to my next problem - Is anybody else having trouble getting out of their jammies in the morning {or afternoon!} I mean, I get up and do things - this morning, I worked in the yard, did the dishes, etc. etc. but I just want to stay in my jammies.

Alright - summer is in full swing here - we're having a 4 day stretch of 100 degree days and at 9:30 this morning, it certainly feels hot! Have a good day, whether you stay in your jammies or not!


  1. Thanks for stopping by my blog! Naps are very annoying, but I'm finding some unconventional ways and places for him to nap, right now, I'll take it!

    Teachin' Little Texans

  2. Sara,
    There is NOTHING wrong with some well deserved "jammie days!" :) I know how you feel. I think it is sort of the rebellion in me knowing that I just don't "have" to do what I do every day during school. I love your insect ideas. That sounds like so much fun.
    Stay cool!
    Kindergarten: Holding Hands and Sticking Together