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Insect Unit with Free Printables

This insect unit with free printables has been such a hit at our house. The kiddos loved each and every activity.  They had so much fun incorporating insects into every subject area in some way.

And why not? It's the perfect time of year to study insects with all of the flowers blossoming and the weather getting warmer.
Montessori-inspired Insect Activities for kids with free printables.

Here's a look at what's on our shelves!

Language

Insect First Letter Sounds
Insect themed first letter sound clip cards (free printable)
 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.  This is a subscriber's only freebie.  See directions at the bottom of this post on how to access your free copy.

Insect Syllable Counting
Insect name syllable counting clip cards (free printable)
 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.  This is a subscriber's only freebie.  See directions at the bottom of this post on how to access your free copy.

Compound Word Insect Names
Insect themed compoun word activity for kids (free printable)
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.  This is a subscriber's only freebie.  See directions at the bottom of this post on how to access your free copy.

Math

Odd & Even Numbers
Insect themed odd and even numbers activity for kids (free printable)
 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.  This is a subscriber's only freebie.  See directions at the bottom of this post on how to access your free copy.

Greater Than/Less Than
Insect themed greater than/less than clip cards (free printable)
 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.  This is a subscriber's only freebie.  See directions at the bottom of this post on how to access your free copy.

Fly Addition
Insect themed addition clip cards (free printable)
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.  This is a subscriber's only freebie.  See directions at the bottom of this post on how to access your free copy.

Science

Life Cycle of an Insect
Life cycle of an insect activity for kids (free printable)
 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.  This is a subscriber's only freebie.  See directions at the bottom of this post on how to access your free copy.

Ant Anatomy
Ant anatomy activity for kids (free printable)
 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?
Is it an insect? Activity for kids (free printable)
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.  This is a subscriber's only freebie.  See directions at the bottom of this post on how to access your free copy.

Culture

50 Insects
50 Insect Cards for Kids (free printable)
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.  This is a subscriber's only freebie.  See directions at the bottom of this post on how to access your free copy.

Sensorial/Practical Life

Butterfly Dropper Activity
Montessori-inspired 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
Catching Grasshoppers game for kids.
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
Pouring nector activity for kids.
 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
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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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. Good Blessings!

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

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

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

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

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  9. 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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  10. Thanks so much for sharing! Awesome!

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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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