All my children are currently infatuated with insects and arachnids so as well as practicing our reading and math we'll be studying them in depth overt the next couple months.
|walked in on big buddy this week trying to scare a box elder bug with our plastic praying mantids; "he's going to tell all his friends there are giant predators!|
We will probably add a few new activities as we learn more but for now the activities below are what I plan to rotate through our schoolroom.
|beginning sound spider webs (stick the bugs in the correct beginning sound web: br/bl, soft g/hard g, |
soft c/hard c, sk/st) - i've made the pdf available here.
skills reinforced: phonics, letter blends, sorting
|3 part arthopod body part cards - pdfs available for print: ant, fly, scorpion|
skills reinforced: scientific knowledge (defining characteristics/identification), comparison, spelling, observation
|butterfly life cycle color match - pdf available here|
skills reinforced: colors, matching, color name sight words, scientific knowledge (metamorphous/life cycles)
* when little lady (2) or mini man (3) do this activity I remove the color name cocoons
|arthropod nomenclature cards - pdf available here |
skills reinforced: vocabulary, matching, reading
*arthropods are from a safari ltd toob. you will see below that we use them for several activities. the toob may be purchased through amazon or at your local michaels.
|math fact beehives - pdf available here (bees and hives are blank so once laminated the problems |
may be easily changed) skills reinforced: addition, subtraction
|insect pattern puzzles via prekinders|
skills reinforced: fine motor, shapes, geometry, problem solving
|weighing insects with spiders - worksheet pdf available here|
skills reinforced: nonstandard measurement, counting, comparing, estimating, recording data, tweezing/fine motor
|counting butterfly clips|
skills reinforced: counting, numeral recognition, number sense, fine motor
*this activity was inspired by trillium montessori
|color matching butterfly clips|
skills reinforced: colors, matching, sorting, fine motor
*an activity specifically for little lady (2) - inspired by trillium montessori
|insect sequencing puzzles|
skills reinforced: sequencing, numeral recognition, counting, fine motor
|ladybug number puzzles - printable via the measured momskills reinforced: numeral recognition, problem solving, counting, addition, subtraction,|
skills reinforced: counting, matching, social (taking turns, winning/loosing), problem solving
skills reinforced: numeral recognition, counting, social (taking turns, winning/loosing, listening)
|bee life cycle cards and figures - pdf for card available here|
skills reinforced: knowledge of insect life cycle, vocabulary, ordering,
*life cycle figures are safari ltd brand and can be purchased through amazon or at your local michael's
|insect life cycle strips via the helpful garden |
skills reinforced: knowledge of insect life cycle, comparison, vocabulary, ordering
*the helpful garden in one of my favorite resources for free high quality montessori inspired printables - it's
definitely a blog that all homeschoolers should know about!
|bee body part puzzle|
skills reinforced: knowledge of insect antimony, vocabulary, fine motor
|observing and recording found insects/spiders|
skills reinforced: observation, recording date, fine motor, expressing ideas through print, comparing
skills reinforced: sorting, comparing, classification, scientific knowledge (phylums/classes), vocabulary
|insect/spider stencils with branch and twig colored pencils |
skills reinforced: fine motor, creativity
*stencils part of a large animal pack found at michaels
|tweezing and scooping arthropods in green rice|
skills practiced: fine motor, imagination, arthropod identification
If you are looking or more insect/arthropod ideas you may also find my insect unit pinterest board helpful.
P.S. Check out our homeschool page for more theme units and educational ideas.