Place: Fayetteville Free Library
Dates: Saturday, 2/8 from 10:30-11:3am; Tuesday, 2/11 from 5:30-6:30pm
Educational Content: We learned:
- Insects have external skeletons, six legs, and three body sections. Some have antennae.
- Grasshoppers, butterflies, lady bugs, and ants are all insects.
- Spiders are not insects, they are arachnids.
- Spiders have eight legs.
Books & Resources:
- Story: Bugs! Bugs! Bugs! by Bob Barner
- Common Core: Bugs Are Insects by Anne Rockwell
- Educational Toy: Kid K’nex Classroom Collection
- Kid K’nex Classroom Set
- I started off by reading our first book Bugs! Bugs! Bugs! It’s a very simple book, but the short text makes it easy to ask questions as you read. I got the kids involved by asking them to identify each creature, before I read what it was. I also asked them if they thought that the various creatures were insects or not, and why.
- The second book we read was called Bugs Are Insects, which helped us think more about what makes certain bugs insects. I also introduced a new vocabulary word to differentiate between insects and spiders, which are arachnids.
- After we had some understanding of what insects are, we set out to build some! I noticed that initially the kids wanted a model or a plan to follow, so I gave them model/instruction sheets for butterflies, spiders, and more.
- After a while they got really creative and made their own weird creatures! I tried to reinforce the scientific concepts, but mostly it was about free exploration and play.