More Insect Theme Activities, Reading, Writing and Spelling: Book of the Week GIVEAWAY

July 23, 2013

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Week at a Glance:

  • Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: Big Bug Little Bug by Paul Stickland
  • integrating Thematic Studies across the curriculum
  • integrating Thematic Studies across the grades
  • FREE printable Book: I Like Bugs
  • preschool and kindergarten word work
  • preschool and kindergarten sentence writing

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Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: Big Bug Little Bug by Paul Stickland

Why we love this book:

The truth is I just had too many activities to share last week when I highlighted our Insect Theme Activities. So I’m regrouping this week and continuing to spread a little buggy love. Today, I’ll focus on how I integrate one theme across the curriculum and also how I integrate a theme across the grades. Something I did in the classroom and something that is a must as a homeschool mom.

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Big Bug Little Bug is just a book for fun. It is NOT full of facts. This Big Bug book is for the little ones. It teaches opposites with bright bold illustrations. There are big bugs and little bugs . . . hard bugs and soft bugs . . . black bugs and white bugs . . .

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But the best is saved for last. The last page is a giant pop-up sunflower full of vibrant bugs!

Integrating A Theme Study Across the Curriculum

 

Insect Theme Activities and FREE printables

Last week, I introduced our FREE printable book I Like Bugs! My  kiddos used the incredible fact based book The Beetle Book by Steve Jenkins as part of our science curriculum. This is a higher level book packed with beetle facts; however, the detailed collage illustrations will also appeal to a younger audience. For wee little ones, I would include a fun little book like Big Bug Little Bug as a read aloud.

Insect Theme Activities and FREE printables

Books, Read Alouds, Science and Research

I always begin our theme studies with read alouds, both fiction and nonfiction. I read to my children EVERY day and we discuss facts about our theme studies. I can easily include my children (and nephew) ages 5 – 10 during these shared reading times.

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Handwriting, Word Work, Spelling and Sentence Writing

  • Throughout kindergarten, I began building a core of known words with Miss Engima.
  • I write high frequency words, family and friends names and easy theme words on index cards.
  • Her known words on index cards has slowly grown.
  • I asked Miss Enigma,
    • “Can you use your cards to make the sentence I like bugs?”
    • You can see how she leaves a finger space between each word card.
  • Next I prompt,
    • “Can you write the sentence I like bugs?”
    • “How do you change bug into bugs?”
    • Miss Enigma already knows to always include a period at the end of her sentences.

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Letter and Word Work Journal

  • In her Word Work Journal, Miss Enigma was ready to independently write the sentence I like bugs.
  • Then we listened to the sounds in the word bug.
  • We were ready to write a word family:
    • If you can write bug, you can write dug, jug, mug, hug, slug.
  • When Miss Enigma has trouble with her spelling or handwriting, I write in yellow highlighter and she traces.

Insect Theme Activities and FREE printables

Book Making and Reading

  • Print this book FREE: I Like Bugs
  • Miss Enigma used The Beetle Book to research and illustrate her easy reader book.

Integrating Theme Studies Across the Grades

DIY Backyard Science Center for Kids

MacGyver doesn’t just like bugs, he LOVES bugs! When I wrote the FREE printable easy reader I Like Bugs for Miss Enigma, I knew MacGyver would want to write his own version. So how do I make an easy reader developmentally appropriate for a 9-year-old . . .

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Theme Research

  • MacGyver was required to research and find a real insect that matched the description on each page.
  • He is big into drawing detailed illustrations so this part was easy!

Writing

  • MacGyver was also required to research and write a description on an index card for each of his insects.
  • He simply glued the matching index cards into the pages of his book.

This is why I love teaching and learning! Children are so very creative and so ready to learn and express themselves as unique individuals! It is exhilarating to be with growing children!

Life with Jeannine

Insect Theme Activities and FREE printables

 Looking for More Insect Theme Activities and FREE printables!

Checkout our Insect Theme Category here at waddleeahchaa.com!

 

DIY Backyard Science Center for Kids

Want your children to experience hands-on science?

Create your own Backyard Science Center

 

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We’re GIVING AWAY one hardcover copy of Big Bug Little Bug by Paul Stickland

To enter this contest, use the Rafflecopter to answer the following question. After you leave a comment, you can move ahead with more entries.

Answer the following question in the comments section of this post.

Let’s face it most of us don’t like bugs as much as our little ones! What bug makes your skin crawl?  (Or just say “Hey.” We’re flexible around here.)

The Rules:

No entries after 11:59 pm Central Time, Sunday, July 28, 2013

The winner must be a resident of The United States.

The winner will be selected at random and announced Monday, July 29, 2013. Check back to claim your prize. It might be you!

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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Tara H July 23, 2013 at 10:25 am

I can’t stand spiders and those big water bug roach things!

Maegan B July 23, 2013 at 2:44 pm

I don’t like any bugs!!

tammy c July 23, 2013 at 10:06 pm

spiders make my skin crawl

Dianne July 24, 2013 at 9:19 am

Bugs don’t really bother me. I don’t like snakes.

Jeannine July 24, 2013 at 11:14 am

I’ve had to get use to all of these creepy critters! But skinks lizards are too creepy for me. They look like a cross between a snake and a lizard. Just too creeeeeepy looking!

Michelle Olms July 24, 2013 at 1:01 pm

Spiders make my skin crawl.

NW Homesteader July 27, 2013 at 10:27 am

spiders and ticks! I can handle most others :D

Jeannine July 28, 2013 at 7:54 am

You know I must agree, ticks are just gross.

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