A Bug/Insect Unit Using Eric Carle Books ~ The Very Quiet Cricket

Two weeks ago I shared The Grouchy Ladybug portion of our Bug/Insect Unit Study. Then last week we continued our Bug/Insect Unit, entering the world of spiders. This week we are learning about crickets, enjoying The Very Quiet Cricket by Eric Carle, and also comparing/contrasting crickets to grasshoppers.

A Bug/Insect Unit Using Eric Carle Books: The Very Quiet Cricket from Starts At Eight

The Very Quiet Cricket Storybook:

The Very Quiet Cricket Video:

You can watch a video adaptation of The Very Quiet Cricket here: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xhm9kf_the-very-quiet-cricket_animals

Watch the cricket life cycle in a breeding habitat:

What is the difference between Cricket and Grasshopper?

• Crickets have long antennae while grasshoppers have short ones.
• Crickets make sounds with the help of organs on their forelegs, while these organs are on the abdomen of the grasshoppers.
• Crickets make sound by rubbing wings together, while grasshoppers do so by rubbing hind leg with forewings.
• Grasshoppers can be seen in both day and nights, while crickets come out only at nights.
• The feeding habits of grasshoppers differ from that of grasshoppers. While grasshoppers are herbivorous, crickets are predatory in nature and are both omnivorous as well as herbivorous.
• Grasshoppers are mostly green to blend into grass or vegetation though there are many bright colored varieties of grasshoppers in the world.
• Crickets are mostly dark colored (black or brown) to blend into the night or vegetation.
• Crickets have ears in legs, whereas grasshoppers have ears in their abdomen.
• Grasshoppers can fly, also jump higher. Crickets’ wings are mostly absent, and they do not fly.

Other Resources:

  1. Read more: eHow’s How to Tell a Cricket from a Grasshopper
  2. The Very Quiet Cricket Craft
  3. A plethora of Very Quiet Cricket Activities like bookmarks, story sequencing, a puzzle, and more!

Check out the other books in this Bug/Insect unit:

Teach Bugs and Insects Using Eric Carle Books from Starts At Eight