We started off our week putting our colorful paper on the back wall of our playroom (which you'll see further down) and making our first set of bugs/insects. The boys love Eric Carle's book, "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" so I though it would be best to begin our unit with that book. Plus, the boys made some adorable art to go with it.
We got our bugs hung up and began talking about where bugs live. It will be fun to learn about places bugs live as we read more books and make more bugs. (Included on our back wall is a giant ant hill and a log). I want to focus mostly on bugs we don't know anything about (ants, roly polys, snails, and bees).
I started the first day by making a circle chart. I put the word BUG in the middle and then had the boys tells me about all the bugs they know. I asked a million questions to pull out as much information as I could and I couldn't believe how very little they could recall. I love making these charts because it really shows what they knew and what they learned. The red words are the bugs they knew: ladybugs, butterflies, and spiders. The green words are the bugs that we have learned about as we read new books: fireflies.
After just three days of reading all kinds of bug books our chart now looks like this. And it will grow and grow throughout our whole unit.
Here are the books that we have in our "bug tub". Not all of them are strictly bugs, and some of them have bugs in them but don't actually teach new information.