On Wednesday we will…

Since the kids are “busy bees” so to say, today will be just about them exploring more about bugs. I have a pile of books about bugs, both factual and fiction, which have an attached QR code. The students will take turns using the iPad so they can scan the book they chose. After the book is scanned, the student will be redirected to a portal with games about bugs that we have been playing on the computers this week, as well as an option to follow along in their book as it is read aloud (a book on iPad  instead of book on tape/CD – if you will).

The portal from the QR code will also include thinglinks, like the one below, that will show the students what each bug in their book looks like and what each part of its body is called.

 

 

While students are reading, you can also have them do another bug journal, like the one they completed on Monday. However, they must choose a new bug, color it fully, and write a journal including facts about their chosen bug.

Here is the QR code website again if you get lost:

Using QR Codes in the Classroom to Enhance Learning

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On Tuesday we will…

Now that the students have been introduced to the theme of bugs, it is time to introduce their big homework project for the week (due on Friday). I feel there is no point for kids to learn about bugs if they can’t actually see them in person!

For the lesson today, please use these websites as reference to talk to the students about the difference between good and bad (poisonous and non-poisonous) bugs.

Will That Bug Hurt Me?

Teaching the Difference Between Good Bugs and Bad Bugs

For their bug homework project, the students will go home and go on a “bug hunt” to find one bug in nature that they have learned about (yesterday) in class. You can even list other examples like ladybugs, worms, pill bugs, grasshoppers, crickets, etc to give them more ideas. With the help of an adult, they will video record themselves going on their “bug hunt” with either a cell phone or video camera. The student will say at least 3 facts about their bug, where they found it, and what tools (if any) they brought with them on their hunt. Please use the following website to encourage the students:

Go Bug Hunting With Kids

http://www.kidactivities.net/post/Children-Collecting-Bugs!.aspx

 

 

I will be sending out a letter to the parents so they are aware of the project and ask them if they will email me the video of their child so we can all watch them in class on Friday!


Below are more interactive games the students can play during centers:

http://interactivesites.weebly.com/insects-and-bugs.html

http://www.entfdn.org/kids_es1.html

On Monday we will…

Our theme for the week is Bugs! I am excited for my students to explore the world around them through observation, as we pretend to be Entomologists (bug doctors). Today, we will introduce our theme and get the students ready to use their 5 senses to make accurate observations about the bugs they observe.

 

Please print out 7 copies of each of the following coloring pages and have them available for the students when they arrive in the morning. They may choose whichever bug they want to color, as long as there are enough. We have been working on remembering “you get what you get and you don’t get upset.”

After they have chosen their bug, they will go to their desks and begin coloring. I have placed QR codes around the classroom with a picture of the bugs on them. The students will take turns (since we only have 3 iPads) walking around the room, finding the bug they have chosen, scanning the QR code, and listening to facts about their chosen bug I have recorded (they will need their headphones for this activity). The students need to bring a pencil and paper with them as they journey around the room so they can write down these facts about their chosen bug.

Also, we have been working on narration through observation (listening). After they have completed coloring their bug, please instruct the students to get out their journals and write a short summary of facts about the bug they have chosen to color and to paste their colored picture in their journal as well. They may answer questions like: what kind of environment does my bug live in? Is it warm or cold there? What does it eat? How long is its lifespan? How old would you predict your bug to be? What does the bug look like (wings, legs, pinchers, etc)? How does its physical characteristics help it to survive (does it fly around to catch its food? build a web?)?

Here is a helpful website for you on using QR codes:

Using QR Codes in the Classroom to Enhance Learning

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Also, this is a great educational interactive game about bugs they can work on during centers time.

http://www.abcya.com/counting_sorting_comparing.htm