What Is An Insect?
We have bookshelves flanking two walls in our homeschool room. The kids take books up and down at will from them. Ava in particular will hunt through some of the books (most recently the holiday books), and tote some up to her room for her bedtime enjoyment. This past week she pulled down a book from the science section called, What Is An Insect?.
I was concerned it would be another book with way too many big words (or way too many words in general, for that matter), but was pleased to find it was Kindergarten basic! All the pictures are fantastic real life color photos of insects and other animals. Also included is a section in the back with more detailed descriptions and information about the animals pictured in the book.
I could not have imagined it was going to spur a whole unit study on insects! After reading the book together multiple times, I thought it would be nice for her to have a picture to label that would reinforce the characteristics of what defines an insect. So I created a very basic ant/insect labeling sheet for her to label and color.
FREE Bug/Insect Labeling Printable for you to download and print it for yourself.
The answers are:
Top Left – ant
Top Right – Insect
Then the body parts are head – thorax – abdomen
What is an Insect? Ant Craft:
I should have known though that it wouldn’t end there for her! She then asked if we could do an ant craft.
So off to the Internet I scurried to procure an ant craft from DLTK-Kids! So was oh so very excited to find that I found one that included painting. I was oh so excited to find an easy craft that we had all the supplies for!
Ant Craft Supplies:
- egg carton
- pipe cleaners
- 2 google eyes
- poof….you have an ant!
What is an Insect? Learning Sites:
- Enchanted Learning Insects
- Pre-K Pages Insects – Bug theme ideas and activities for teaching and learning about bugs and insects in preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten.
- Teaching Heart’s Insect Unit – If you are looking to do an insect unit, then this a great place to get insect lessons, poems, math activities, printables, links, books, and much more.
January 10, 2012 @ 12:08 am
January 10, 2012 @ 2:19 pm
What transpired with Ava is just one of the many things that I love about homeschooling. Surrounding your children with books leads to unexpected learning and exploring that takes place out of their natural curiosity and interest. When this happens, a love of learning is heightened and an eagerness to discover more.
January 10, 2012 @ 2:50 pm
What is truly amazing to me is that you were able to recognize and act upon a wonderful teaching moment. And create a perfect lesson! I am in awe! Great post! Thanks for sharing it on NOBH!
Elizabeth Norton (@edvacation)
January 10, 2012 @ 7:02 pm
This is my first time here. My boys are all about bugs. I am so glad I caught this post. I am sure my boys will be too. Happy 2012!!! 🙂
January 12, 2012 @ 10:55 am
Hey Heidi! I enjoyed your blog! I always wanted to do fun crafty things with my kids when they were younger, but they usually didn’t want to do them! (I was greatly disappointed.) My kids just want to do their work and be finished with it. Sounds like you have fun!
January 12, 2012 @ 1:57 pm
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January 13, 2012 @ 3:18 pm
What a fun week!
January 13, 2012 @ 6:41 pm
Fun!! We had an ant farm last year for the kids to enjoy watching them tunnel, etc. They sure are fun insects to watch!
January 13, 2012 @ 7:21 pm
I think Ava would love an ant farm. Maybe I will look into getting one for her at some point.
October 19, 2021 @ 11:09 pm
this is great and am happy to have seen it