Sunday, May 20

summer olympics unit and insects

I am so excited about this unit. I love watching the Olympics and I'm going to love teaching my kiddos about it. Come back to see more of this unit in my classroom.

Here is a little preview of some of the things included in this unit. Check it out here to see what all is included.


Now here is the rest of our insect study.
We graphed do you think bugs are creepy or cool? This adorable graph idea came from Julie Lee.

We made fireflies and charted our new learning on a circle map.


We made bug glyphs and wrote about what bugs us. These two activities cam from Deanna Jump's insect unit.

We wrote about the butterfly life cycle using interactive writing. This idea came from Deanna Jump.




Then I had them illustrate the butterfly life cycle in their science journals.

I loved this idea from chalk talk. I was so impressed with the big words my class was able to predict all before reading the book. We predicted what words we would find in the book, Waiting For Wings.

While reading the book we checked off each word that was read. Then we filled in the blanks using words we predicted.

We drew and painted butterflies using directed drawing then they measured their butterfly wingspan using inch cubes. This idea came from Julie Lee.


We illustrated the word metamorphosis in our science journals.


We learned that insects have compound eyes. Here is our anchor chart inspired from Deanna Jump.

They illustrated another big word in their science journal.

 We read The Very Hungry Caterpillar and retold the story with our retelling pieces.


And another goodie from Julie Lee. We learned how strong ants are. It would be like us holding a car!


 
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10 comments:

LYNDSEY said...

I love this whole post. Your Olympics unit looks awesome!

Your charts and those insects are precious! Everything is so colorful and full of engaging fun! Thanks for sharing.

Lyndsey
A Year of Many Firsts

Susie Q said...

I love all your insect activities. I can't wait to see your Olympics activities too! Thank you so much for sharing.

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Lovely Nina said...

Love your big BUG displays! So much fun!

Lisa R. said...

Your Olympics unit looks great! I love the Olympics craftivity that you showed in your preview- super cute!

Lisa
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Jessica Stanford said...

I love how everything is soooooo bright and colorful!
Blessings,

Jessica Stanford
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Sarah Paul said...

This looks amazing! It makes me want to do an insect unit.
Sarah
Sarah's First Grade Snippets

Erin Eberhart said...

Your stuff always looks sooo good and colorful! Will you PLEASE move to TN and do all of my anchor charts for me?! :) Cannot wait to check out your olympic unit!
Erin
Eberhart’s Explorers

FirstGradeBlueSkies (Jennifer) said...

Those insects are SO stinkin' cute!
Jennifer
First Grade Blue SKies

April Kreitzer Wolfe said...

Love the bugs!!

April
Wolfelicious

Mrs. Pollack said...

I was wondering where you got all of those pieces for The Hungry Caterpillar. Those are awesome!

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