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This week we're doing some review.  We're going into the last month of our school year. I want it to be fun and enjoyable for everyone.  All of the language and math material that will be presented this year, has been presented.  The kiddos are doing fabulous!

Moving on to activities for the week...

Language:
Insect First Letter Sounds
 The kiddos will place a glass bead on the correct first letter sound, for the insect shown in the picture. Nomenclature cards are provided if needed, and could be used as a separate activity.

Source:  I created this printable as part of my Insect Unit Language Printable Pack 1.  For your free copy, click on the link at the bottom of the post.

Insect Syllable Counting
 The kiddos will place a glass bead on the number, indicating how many syllables are in the insect's name.

Source:  I created this printable as part of my Insect Unit Language Printable Pack 1.  For your free copy, click on the link at the bottom of the post.

Compound Word Insect Names
The kiddos will create compound word insect names, using the control provided.

Source:  I created this printable as part of my Insect Unit Language Printable Pack 1.  For your free copy, click on the link at the bottom of the post.

Math:
Odd & Even Numbers
 The kiddos will sort the number cards into odd and even numbers.  The insects are provided as a control, in case the kiddos need to count them out to discover the answer.  There are two of every kind of insect in the bowl. As they count them, out they can match them up.

Source:  I created this printable as part of my Insect Unit Math Printable Pack 1.  For your free copy, click on the link at the bottom of the post.

Greater Than/Less Than
 The kiddos will use the flies provided to mark the answer on each greater than/less than card.

Source:  I created this printable as part of my Insect Unit Math Printable Pack 1.  For your free copy, click on the link at the bottom of the post.

Fly Addition
The kiddos will use the flies as counters, to determine the answer to each addition card.  They will place a glass bead on the correct answer.  I'm super excited that both Dinomite and Bulldozer rarely need the counters anymore.

Source:  I created this printable as part of my Insect Unit Math Printable Pack 1.  For your free copy, click on the link at the bottom of the post.

Science:
Life Cycle of an Insect
 The kiddos will use the Life Cycle of an Insect sheet to place the cards of each insect type in order from start to end of their cycles.  Four different insect life cycles are provided in the printable.

Source:  I created this printable as part of my Insect Unit Science & Culture Printable Pack 1.  For your free copy, click on the link at the bottom of the post.

Ant Anatomy
 The kiddos will use the diagram provided to help them place labels in the correct places.

Source:  This fabulous free printable can be found at Gift of Curiosity.

Is it an Insect?
The kiddos will sort the cards provided into two categories: Insect & Not an Insect.  I have provided a simple control card for them, to remind them what an insect looks like.  There are many other characteristics that I could have included on this card, however I wanted to stick with basics. Next time we study insects, we'll go into more detail.

Source:  I created this printable as part of my Insect Unit Science & Culture Printable Pack 1.  For your free copy, click on the link at the bottom of the post.

Culture:
50 Insects
The tradition continues with our set of 50 cards for every type of living thing.  Dinomite LOVES them and always makes sure I include very specific creatures of his liking.  The kiddos may sort the cards as they choose.

Source:  I created this printable as part of my Insect Unit Science & Culture Printable Pack 1.  For your free copy, click on the link at the bottom of the post.

We have also spent much time outside studying bugs this past week.  On days when it was rainy we had fun watching A Bug's Life.

Visual Arts:
The kiddos have been having fun drawing different insects as part of their morning journal work.

Music:
We are having a blast singing songs about different insects this week. There are so many fabulous songs out there!

Physical Education:
We continue have fun exercising outside in the nice weather!  Hooray!

Sensorial/Practical Life:
Butterfly Dropper Activity
 Dinomite just learned about lines of symmetry.  I thought it would be fun to create a colored water drop butterfly, keeping that concept in mind.  If that's too difficult, they'll still have fun using the dropper, mixing colors etc.  (I only provided them with primary colors.)

Catching Grasshoppers
We've had a catching grasshoppers game for quite some time. It was a yard sale find. The kiddos love it.  Grasshoppers have suction cups on them, that you press down on the table.  Give them a few seconds and they go flying in the air.  The goal is to catch them all in the basket.

Pouring Nectar
 I found this activity at Trillium Montessori and loved it. The kiddos will pour "nectar" aka colored water, into the tiny cups provided.  I used medicine cups so they were just a bit sturdier.

Ladybug Dot Tweezing Activity
The kiddos will use the tweezers to transfer "lady bug dots" aka black beans, and decorate their red "ladybug."  I have placed water in the bowl to make the activity a little bit more fun and entertaining.

I'm so excited about our new unit!

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Next week we'll be studying dinosaurs.  You can expect both a unit for Kindergarten through 2nd grade and also for tots and preschoolers.


13 comments:

  1. Anastasia @ Montessori NatureMay 30, 2014 at 6:53 PM

    These are so brilliant! I love your book collection as well! thank you for sharing!

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  2. What a fabulous insect unit, as your units always are! I'm pinning this to my Insect board to share with others. Thanks for linking to my Ant Anatomy Printable!

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  3. This is fantastic! You always have such great activities! Pinned :)

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  4. Gorgeous as always - wow! Thanks so much for sharing at After School.

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  5. You always have the coolest activities for your kids! Every time I hop over here I am amazed and inspired. You made bugs entirely too fun in this unit. ;)

    Thank you for stopping by the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop this week. We hope to see you drop by our neck of the woods next week!

    Thank you for stopping by the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop this week. We hope to see you drop by our neck of the woods next week!


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  6. So much great learning! Thanks for sharing at After School!

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  7. This looks amazing! I can't wait to try it with Little Bee when he gets older. :) Thanks for sharing!

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  8. I've pinned this onto a couple of boards, it looks like a lot of fun. Thank you for linking up to Mom's Library Summer Fun Extravaganza, I'll be featuring you this week at Crystal's Tiny Treasures.

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  9. Thanks so much for sharing! Awesome!

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  10. Where you buy your Montessori card boxes I like the ones that have several compartments they are perfect for this activities

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  11. in case you would be interested a link I loved
    http://thecraftyclassroom.com/crafts/insect-crafts-for-kids/butterfly-life-cycle-stamps/

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  12. Thank you for linking up at "A Little Bird Told Me" Wednesday link party. You have been featured at Mama's Happy Hive blog! :)

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