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Insect Lesson Plans for Kindergarten

May 1 Deedee 3 min read
Insect lesson plans for kindergarten are here!  Last week I was able to work with a kindergarten classroom as we immersed ourselves in all things insects!

Insect Lesson Plans for Kindergarten

Insect Lesson Plans: Close Reading

We started insect week by reading Insect Detectives by Steve Voake.  This is a fantastic book!

Insect Lesson Plans for kindergarten

We spent our time contextualizing the vocabulary.   When we discussed the fact that insects have 3 body parts, someone chimed in, “Like a SNOWMAN!”   So my little friend became our living demonstration.

Insect Lesson Plans for Kindergarten

Insect Lesson Plans for Kindergarten

[NOTE:  I must have a propensity for making odd faces when I teach because EVERY. SINGLE. PHOTO has me with an odd expression. EVERY! ONE!]
 
We also talked and talked and talked about the text.  If you want to elevate reading comprehension it is important to dive into books and read them repetitively.  It is often  said that students learn to read in K-2 classrooms and they read to learn starting in 3rd grade.   My belief is that ALL students can read to learn.  In the case of our guiding readers, the decoding work is done by the teacher, but the reading comprehension work is done by the students.
 
Here is a peek inside of the book.
Insect Lesson Plans for Kindergarten. Students dive deep into learning about insects with these close reading and writing response activities. A week's worth of activities and more!

Insect Lesson Plans: It’s all about schema!

We used this text to help tap into our schema.   Because Insect Detectives has so much information, we only read half of the book on day one.  Here is an example of our reading schema response page.

Insect Lesson Plans for Kindergarten

As the week continued we added and adjusted our Schema chart until it finally looked like this.  We can leave those unanswered questions in the “What We Know” section of the chart and do further research.  Once it is confirmed or refuted the Post-It notes will be moved.  Sometimes, we just have unanswered questions… such is the way of life.

Insect Lesson Plans for Kindergarten

We also worked our way through the text and wrote some interesting facts about insects.

Insect Lesson Plans for Kindergarten

Insect Lesson Plans:  Informational writing

Using the information we learned about insects from the text, we started to write our own All About Insects books.
Insect Lesson Plans for Kindergarten
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Insect Lesson Plans for Kindergarten

A ground beetle is like a precious jewel.  A butterfly starts as a caterpillar.  It goes to a cocoon when it comes out as a butterfly. {See the sequencing labels at the top of the page?}  Bees collect nectar for their babies.

Insect Lesson Plans for Kindergarten

Ants always live together.  Insects have 3 body parts.  The head, the thorax, and the abdomen.  Wasps chew wood to make paper [nests].

Insect Lesson Plans for Kindergarten

Ants live underground.  Some insects fly.  Some insects don’t.  Wasps mix wood in their mouth to make their nests.
You can find all of these close reading activities in our April Engaging Readers Unit.  Click HERE to see more.
 

Insect Lesson Plans:  Directed Drawing

We also followed the directed drawing in the Engaging Readers!  These turned out cute!

Insect Lesson Plans for Kindergarten. Students dive deep into learning about insects with these close reading and writing response activities. A week's worth of activities and more!

Insect Lesson Plans:  Science, Math, and More

We also added a few fun activities to our Science, Math, and More extension unit!

Insect Detective Activities

Insect Detective Activities

More Insect Fun!

In other texts, we learned about insects compound eyes.  I have had these kaleidoscope viewers forever, but you can find something similar by clicking HERE.

Insect Lesson Plans for Kindergarten

Insect Lesson Plans for Kindergarten

We enjoyed this fun activity from Deanna Jump’s Insect Unit .

Insect Lesson Plans for Kindergarten

Insect Lesson Plans for Kindergarten

Insect Lesson Plans:  Let’s Eat

Then we built an insect, labeled it, and named it!

Insect Lesson Plans for Kindergarten

Insect Lesson Plans for Kindergarten

Insect Lesson Plans for Kindergarten

Insect Lesson Plans for Kindergarten

Insect Lesson Plans for Kindergarten

Insect Lesson Plans:  Poetry

This poem is perfect for your insect lesson plans!

Insect Lesson Plans for Kindergarten

 
You can hear my class (from a previous year) singing it here.
 

Insect Lesson Plans for Kindergarten. Students dive deep into learning about insects with these close reading and writing response activities. A week's worth of activities and more!

 

6 Comments

  • Amy Kovacs March 29 at 5:52 am

    Hi Deedee! I have been using you & Deanna Jump’s Writing Through the Year Unit for years (and LOVE it!), but have just discovered your blog. Don’t know what took me so long! 🙂 Anyway, I noticed that for some of your blog posts on units of study (like teeth) you have a schedule of your week. I love this because I can see how you fit everything in. Do you have one for this insect unit? (Or did I miss it?) I always get restless about this time of year and want to change my classroom flow, plus I have nonfiction writing coming up next month and this would be a wonderful kick off. Thank you! – Amy Kovacs

    P.S. I bought one of your TPT Math & Literacy Center packs and am so excited to use it next month!!! Thanks for answering my questions so quickly on TPT.

  • Ivan September 7 at 7:15 pm

    I love your pictures, ideas and lessons. This year, Im the Pre-K – 2 science teacher, and I am looking for lesson plans with differentiation, printables, hands-on activities covering the NYC Science Curriculum. Would you be able to help me, it would be appreciated.

    • Deedee September 9 at 7:52 am

      Hi there!

      I think you might like the science lessons that Cara Carroll has created. You will find her on Teachers Pay Teachers.

  • Dawn April 24 at 1:10 pm

    Wow what a fabulous website! Your ideas are amazing! We are going to be Insect “Investigators”
    Thank you so much!!!

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