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Going Buggy!

Whoo-wee!  This week was CRAZY!  Our 3rd, 4th and 5th graders were taking the CRCT test this week which meant no planning time and very little recess. I don't drink but this week just about drove me to it!
 I don't know about you guys but I am ready for Summer vacation.  We get out of school on May 25th so the countdown has begun.  :) 
Even though it was a crazy week we still had lots of fun learning all about insects.

We learned about butterflies and drew the life cycle of a butterfly in our Science journals.

We read, The Dancing Fly by Joy Cowley and wrote about the problem in our Literacy Journals.

These are our anchor charts where we recorded facts about each lifecyle of the butterfly.

                                         We will write about the Chrysalis and Butterfly next week.

These are our butterflies.  They turned out so cute!

Praying Mantis bubble map. 

Our Praying Mantises that we made.  I love how they turned out.

My little entomologists are writng a book about insects. 
Here are a few samples of their writing.

This one cracked me up.  It says they shed their sin... can I get an Amen? :)

We started our writing unit on poems.  In the beginning we write list poems and then we move on to other types of poem.  Here's a poem one of the sweeties wrote. It says,
New York
New York

We read, The Very Ugly Bug and did a character analysis.
They labeled the parts of the ugly buy  using the vocabulary from the story.
The pink heart tells how the bug felt at the beginning of the story.
The other side of the heart tells how she felt at the end.
After discussing the story we decided that theme was, Just be yourself!

**If you purchased my insect unit you might want to go to your account and download and print the praying mantis and butterfly art directions page.  I redid some of the measurements and directions so that they are easier to make.  If you are interested in purchasing the insect unit click on the butterfly at the beginning of this post.
Here are a few free downloads for you.  :)


  1. I'm starting our life cycle unit after spring break. This is perfect for my class! Thank you so much for sharing! You have great ideas! I always look forward to reading your blog! :)
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  3. What adorable anchor charts you have!! So neat!
    I love reading your blog!

  4. Amazing as usual :)

    Much love,

  5. The Praying Mantis b. board is so funny! They all look like they are staring at me!! Everything looks great. Also, I love the student drawing of the man from 'The Dancing Fly' I couldn't draw a man that good!

  6. I just did a similar post on my blog about insects...we did your crafts all last week! My kids loved them! :)

  7. I just purchased your insect unit from TpT and I can't wait to get started. Our mealworms arrived on Thursday and our caterpillars arrive next week. Thanks so much for sharing all your wonderful ideas!

  8. I love the butterflies! I'm thinking how to implement the idea in a math class?

  9. You could teach them about symmetry and you could also have them measure the wing span and other parts of the butterfly. :)

  10. I have been following your blog for some time. Each time I look on your blog and web site, I am inspired to try new things with my Pre-K class. I am attending Frog Street Press this summer in Dallas and have signed up for your workshop. I look forward to meeting you. Thanks for all of your great ideas!

  11. I taught first grade for 26 years and have now been retired for three years. I miss the kids very much, but I didn't really miss being in the classroom until I came across your blogspot. I actually got very excited and wished I had a class to do an insect unit. I'm a little teary eyed right now, so I'll close. I love your ideas and enthusiasm. I bet you'll always be one of those "my favorite teachers". Bless you.

  12. Please come check out my blog. I discuss you in my latest post. Thanks, Nancy

    The Apple Basket Teacher

  13. Hi Deanna - just completed your animal/zoo unit! Fabulous!I wondered about how you store everything? Especially the large pieces that you use for interactive writing or displays? Do you roll up and store or make each year or? Thanks for any advice you can give!

  14. wow! I love the bug ideas! It's funny just how fun they are to children!

    We're doing a giveaway if you're interested! :)

  15. Arianne,
    Some of the charts are remade every year. If I'm going to remake it the next year then I draw a name to see who gets to take it home. For the charts that I reuse I store them on the bottom shelf of my storage cabinet. :) I don't roll them up I store them flat.

  16. Hi Deanna!
    I just wanted to let you know that we did our insect unit last week and the kids and I ♥ed all of your unit ideas!!! It was so much fun!! LOVE, LOVE, LOVED the "Bug's Eye View" lesson:) I'm going to be posting about what we did more in the next couple of days. But, I posted a lesson that we did on bees and pollination that I think you would get a kick out of;) You can see it here if you'd like:
    Just wanted to share a little with you because you have absolutely helped make me a better teacher!!!
    Thank you from the bottom of my ♥
    Little Warriors



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