Sunday, August 9, 2009

Bug Week

We're going on a bug hunt.
We're going to catch a big one.
What a beautiful day!
We're not scared!
Uh, oh, a creek. A cold, shady creek. We can't go over it, we can't go under it. Oh No, we have to go thru it! Splish, splash, splish, splash!

We're going on a bug hunt again tomorrow!
I gathered up all our shiny collage paper and glitter and we made shiny beetles.

We made coffee filter butterflies. We made these cool flowers with bugs that rotate around them.
We read:
In the Tall, Tall Grass by Fleming
Beetle Bop by Fleming
Bean Thirteen by McElligott
The Lion's Share by McElligott
Ant, Ant, Ant (An Insect Chant) by Sayre
Thelonius Monster's Sky-High Fly Pie by Sierra
Bird, Butterfly, Eel by Prosek
Bright Beetle by Chrustowski
Bubble Gum, Bubble Gum by Wheeler (BIG hit)
Bugs Are Insects by Rockwell (great introduction; my two year old asked me all week "is a cricket really an insect?")
Have You Seen Bugs? by Oppenheim
I Saw an Ant on the Railroad Track by Prince (BIG hit)
DK Big Book of Bugs
A neat reference for adults is Play and Find Out about Bugs: Easy Experiments for Young Children by Janice VanCleave. It has some really neat, easy ideas.

We listened to:
Pete Seeger, Birds Beasts, Bugs and Fishes
Jane Murphy, Songs About Insects, Bugs and Squiggly Things
Bugs, Bugs, Bugs (Vol 3 of 8 theme based Music CDS)

We watched:
The Jeff Corwin Experience: Insects and Arachnids (We all loved this video. After some boring ones the last few weeks, this has reassured Thing One of the value of science videos. Just the right combination of scary and gross.)
DK Eyewitness DVD: Insect
A Bug's Life

We concentrated on what makes an insect an insect, and how they are useful in the big scheme of things. I told the boys that if they were kind to insects all week, they would earn a "Bug Buddy" certificate. I had Thing One tell me some ways that bugs are helpful in order to get his. When they got them on Friday, they were so proud! You can find your own here.


  1. Jeff Corwin Experience is awesome. You won't go wrong with any of his videos.