Old Favorites: Reread charts/poems from previous stories
Prior Knowledge: Ask students to share the types of bugs that they have seen before as well as where they have seen them. Do they like bugs? Why or why not?
New Story: Introduce the author and illustrator of this week's focus story I Like Bugs. Show the cover. Let students use the pictures, read the 'popcorn' words 'I' and 'like', and decode the word 'bugs' in order to figure out the name of the story. Have students name bugs that they see on the cover.; Take a picture walk. According to the level of your students, encourage children to discuss each picture. Then, have them use the many 'popcorn' or high frequency words in the story, what they know about letters and sounds, and the picture cues on each page to work together and 'read' the story together.; Read aloud for enjoyment.
You may want to introduce a poem/song about insects or read a factual story about insects.
Then have students sort bug pictures into three columns in order to answer this question. "Is it an insect?" (see photo below)
Story: Shared Reading- reread I Like Bugs having students be your echo for each page.
Companion Story: Introduce title, author and illustrator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar; Take a picture walk and discuss all the foods the caterpillar is eating. Let them predict the name, number, and color of the upcoming fruit. How many of each fruit did he eat? W hat colors are the fruits? Is the tiny caterpillar eating healthy foods? Do you think this is what caterpillars really eat? Could a caterpillar really eat this much? What might happen to the caterpillar? How does the caterpillar feel after eating all of the food? How can you tell? End the picture walk once the caterpillar starts to change. Let students predict what might be happening to the caterpillar.; Read aloud for enjoyment and to see what finally happens to the caterpillar!
Science connection: Learn about real caterpillars and butterflies! Review what makes a bug an insect and read books such as Are You a Butterfly? to discover if a butterfly is an insect. You may also wish to check out Exploring Butterflies in Kindergarten to view the parts of a butterfly on the internet.
Story: Shared Reading - Reread I Like Bugs! encouraging students to join in the reading with you
Companion Story: Review with students what happened in the story The Very Hungry Caterpillar; Shared Reading - Reread the story, dropping your voice and letting students read the repeated portions of the story; Introduce the companion retelling chart by having students put it together! Start by reviewing all of the days of the week words. Then, pass out a day of the week word to various students. Ask the student who has the first day of the week, Sunday, to place it at the top of the pocket chart. Then Monday and so on until all of the days of the week are sequenced. Next, review the numerals. Pass out the numeral cards and ask students to order those cards in a similar fashion. Show students the remaining cards and have them place the events in order (hatching from the egg, eating 1 apple, etc); Read the story chart with students.
Science Connection: Read a book about the life cycle of a butterfly such as From Caterpillar to Butterfly. Then sequence pictures showing the various stages.
Story: Reread I Like Bugs! -echo reading; Show bug pictures. Let students take turns drawing a bug picture card from the pile. Have them name the bug and tell the beginning sound. Then all students can sing 'Insect Parade', substituting the name of the bug and the beginning sound. (This idea is found in Spring Phonemic Awareness Songs and Rhymes by Jordano and Callella-Jones, Creative Teaching Press, 1998.)
Companion Story: Shared Reading - Reread The Very Hungry Caterpillar using the retelling pocket chart; Then, have students work to make a take home retelling booklet. (See below .) Students will need to write the numerals, use a hole puncher to make a hole in each fruit, and draw the caterpillar, cocoon, and butterfly.
Story: Show bug pictures (same pictures as yesterday) one at at time. Let students name the bug and quietly hold up the number of fingers to show how many parts or syllables they hear in the word. Then, clap the number of syllables together in order to check.; Reread I Like Bugs! (You may see if students can read the book to you and you can be their echo! My students loved this!); Have students fill in the blanks below with descriptive words (color, size, number, etc.) in order to make a new 'buggy' poem. Then let each student illustrate to make their own booklet to share at home!
I like bugs.
Related Bug/Insect Read Aloud Stories and Poems
Focus Story: I Like Bugs! by Margaret Wise Brown
A bug in a rug,
Every insect's body has six legs.
The Insect Song
Every insect has 3 parts.
Head and thorax, abdomen.
Every insect has 6 legs.
Every insect has antennae.
Insects usually have some wings.
Every inset has 3 parts
I'm a Little Ladybug
1) Make the TLC caterpillar, ant, and ladybug in Beginning Lessons
1) Focus on measurement
Corresponding Ladybug Recipe (scroll down)
4) Make bugs and flowers counting cards and have students record their answers on the Flower Recording Sheet (If you place the bugs in groups of fives on the counting cards, then you could also have students cut and order their flower sheets to count by 5's.);
5) Butterfly Symmetry Use pattern blocks to duplicate one half of a butterfly and then create symmetrical torn paper butterflies (This idea and pattern block reproducible can be found in Exploring Patterns in Math and Beyond by Betsy Frano, Scholastic: 1999);
1) Word Family Focus ug (have students manipulate letters to form -ug words and then read a reproducible -ug word family mini booklet. I found one in Reading Success Mini
-Books: Word Families by May Spann, Scholastic, 1999)
3) Reproduce a simple insect booklet (such as is found in More Little Books to Make and Read by Dunlavy and Caroll, Good Apple, 1996) and have students cut, order, bind, and
read the booklet
1) Learn what makes an insect an insect and how insects can be helpful
3) Make and eat marshmallow ants, stressing the body parts
Spiders are NOT Insects!