The Hoot Owls have been very interested in insects! Wanting to embrace this interest, the teachers designed a unit to teach the students about insects and spiders. The unit started with Ms. Traci asking the class “What do we already know about insects?” Their answers included:
“A butterfly only flies.” – Preston
“Spiders have eight legs.” – Dante
“Millipedes have so many legs. They have sticky yellow liquid. Some are poisonous. Some are venomous.” – Ian
“Ladybugs don’t sting you. There are different types. Millipedes eat ladybugs.” – Allison
“Frogs eat flies.” – Dalton
“Ladybugs can stink you. Centipedes pinch. Some butterflies are poisonous.” – Ben
“Spiders catch insects in webs.” – Ethan
“Mosquitoes will bite you in the night.” -Mira
Next the Hoot Owls observed toy insects and pictures of insects in books. They used these examples, as well as their imaginations, to create some insect artwork with markers and watercolors.
Ms. Maggie took the Hoot Owls on a Bug Scavenger Hunt! The class documented their findings like real scientists. They saw an ant, a fly, a millipede and some mosquitoes, although many of the Hoot Owls claimed to have seen butterflies, ladybugs, bees, and spiders. They decided to try the hunt again in the spring when we might really see some more insects!
The Hoot Owls made salt dough insects and spiders. First they helped make the salt dough by combining 1 cup of salt, 2 cups of flour and 1 cup water.
While making the spiders or insects out of the salt dough, the students had to carefully make two body parts for spiders or three body parts for insects. Then they also had to count out eight legs for spiders and six for insects.
This was a great way for the Hoot Owls to work on their fine motor skills and math skills while having fun!