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Learning About Bugs

Learning About Bugs at Trillium Montessori

It’s spring and the season for bugs!  We have a little guy in our class this year who is going to be over the moon about this unit.  We call him the bug whisperer.

Come back next week to check out photos of our Fine Motor and Art shelves filled with buggy activities.

Classroom bug catcher at Trillium Montessori

Our oh-so-very high-tech bug catcher has a permanent place on our science shelf.  It comes in handy in the spring when the creepy crawlies start showing up in our room.  If you’ve never used one of these, all you have to do when you spot a bug is gently place the cup over it.  Then slide the stiff card underneath, capturing the bug.  We then take a few moments to examine the bug before releasing it outside.  The children are getting quite adept at using this little device.

Classroom bug catcher at Trillium Montessori

Cicada specimens

We saved some of these cicada exoskeletons last season.  We’ll have these out on the shelves for a little while until our students start bringing new specimens from this spring.

Buggy Works on the Pre-Literacy Shelf

Bug Theme Pre-Literacy Shelf at Trillium Montessori

Matching Insects at Trillium Montessori

Matching insects

Matching Spiders at Trillium Montessori

Matching arachnids

Matching and Identifying Spiders at Trillium Montessori

Matching and identifying pictures of spiders.  The flip side of the cards have the names of the spiders.  I love this little spider case!

Magnify matching butterflies at Trillium Montessori

I don’t remember where I picked up this idea, but I love this matching work with the miniature butterfly pictures.  You can add a magnifying glass for a little more pizzaz, but I find the kids do just fine without it.

The  second row on our pre-literacy shelf holds all our categorization and classification activities

Sorting Insects/Not-Insects

Sorting Insects/Not-Insects at Trillium Montessori     Sorting Insects/not-insects

Sorting insects and not-insects.  We have objects out in our basket (easily found at most dollar or party stores) but you can use little picture cards too.

Sorting Insects/Not-insects

The sorting mat and the images are available as part of this set.

And a little stamping activity too…

Stamps- sorting insects/not-insects at Trillium Montessori

Sorting Insects and Arachnids

Sorting Insects and Arachnids at Trillium Montessori

There’s a little Venn diagram mat for writing down characteristics of insects vs arachnids.  The mat and labels for sorting are also available in this set.

Sorting Moths and Butterflies

Sorting Moths and Butterflies at Trillium Montessori    Sorting Moths and Butterflies at Trillium Montessori

These butterfly and moth cards were made using google images.

Comparing Moths and Butterflies Venn Diagram at Trillium Montessori

A Venn diagram for comparing moths and butterflies with pre-printed labels.   Also available in this set.

Rhyming

The bottom row on our pre-literacy shelf holds all our phonemic awareness activities.  Along with a few other items, we have these fun Rhyming Riddles cards.  These need to be done with a teacher.  The student lines up the picture cards, and I read the card and wait for the child to identify the correct picture it goes with.

Bug Rhyming Riddles at Trillium Montessori

This is also part of the Bugs! Literacy, Math and Science Centers set I’ve made for Teachers Pay Teachers.  (If you don’t want the bundle, you can get it as part of the Bugs! Literacy set)

Phonetic Reading with a Buggy Twist

Bugs initial sound clip cards at Trillium Montessori

Initial sound clip cards.  I embellished the clothespins with some shiny bug confetti. Part of the Bugs! Literacy, Math and Science Centers set.

 Buzz! A CVC Reading Game at Trillium Montessori

Buzz!! A CVC words game.  I’m sure there are variations of this around the web.  Very simply, put the cards in a pile, students take turns drawing a card.  If they can read it, they keep the card.  If they draw a Buzz!! card, they return all their cards to the pile.  The object of the game is to have the most cards.  I’ve printed these out on pink card stock so they fit in nicely with the “pink series” of reading works.  This is also part of the Bugs! Literacy, Math and Science Centers set.

Bugs/Insects Phonetic Reading Sentences at Trillium Montessori

I LOVE these reading cards!  All the sentences are phonetically decodable (with a couple of puzzle (sight) words thrown in) and provide some factual information about various bugs.  They provide a good jumping off point for further discussion and research.  Read the cards and match to the pictures.  You can use most of the same pictures found in the Rhyming Riddles cards.  Part of the Bugs! Literacy, Math and Science Centers set.

A Little Bit of Bug Themed Math

Counting spiders on webs at Trillium Montessori

Counting spiders on a web (not that you would ever find that many spiders on one web…)

Count and Glue bugs at Trillium Montessori

I found a huge bag of bug confetti at the local party store so we’ll be doing lots of counting and gluing!  I think the bag will last us a couple of years…

Counting Ladybugs at Trillium Montessori

Here’s a variation on the numbers and counters: counting ladybugs!  I drew little ladybugs on red floral glass beads with a black sharpie.

Ladybug counters at Trillium Montessori

Seriously love these ladybug counters!

Ladybug Hundred Board at Trillium MontessoriWriting numbers to 100 with a ladybug theme.  Laminate the printout to make a wipe-off board.  Washable markers work really well for this.

Roll A Dot Ladybug Addition at Trillium Montessori

Roll-A-Dot Ladybug Addition.  Roll the die and place the counters on one wing of the ladybug.  Roll again and place on the other wing.  Write the addition equation.  You can use a variety of objects for the dots: pom poms, raisins, black beans, paper circles.  We have tamarind seeds left over from our study of Asia last year. This is also part of the Bugs! Literacy, Math and Science Centers set.

And MORE Bugs!

Gotta have a few nomenclature cards to go with this unit, right?!

Parts of a Grasshopper at Trillium Montessori

I made these “Parts of a Grasshopper” cards back when I was doing my Montessori training well over a decade ago.  They’re all hand drawn.  Those were the days…

Parts of a Butterfly at Trillium Montessori

And now I can make cards like this with a little help from pixlr.com!  These Parts of a Butterfly cards are included in the Bugs! Literacy, Math and Science Centers set

Parts of a Spider Cards at Trillium Montessori

I adapted these Parts of a Spider cards from the set available at Montessori Printshop.

Life Cycle of a Butterfly at Trillium Montessori

We printed out these images of the life cycle of a Monarch butterfly from google images.  I made the chart as a control of error and added it to the bugs! set.  The life cycle models are fun to use with these cards.

Butterflies and Caterpillars at Trillium Montessori

The children can use these cards to examine the different kinds of caterpillars that grow into the various butterflies.

If you want the printables I’ve made specifically for this unit, you can find them in our store on Teachers Pay Teachers.  Please note, not everything listed in this post is included in the bundle.

Bugs! Literacy, Math and Science Printables from Trillium Montessori

Check out our Pinterest Board for more buggy ideas!

Trillium Montessori's Invertebrates Unit Pinterest Board

Seemi- Trillium Montessori
Seemi is an AMS certified Montessori guide. She has been teaching for over 15 years. She owns a small Montessori school in North Carolina and enjoys sharing her classroom activities and creations on her blog at Trillium Montessori. Sign up for her email newsletter to access 30+ free Montessori printables.
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