We started this week learning about insects- focusing on ladybugs and butterflies. I used an entomologist craftivity from Caitlin Clabby's All About Insects unit to start our discussions about insects. I have little jars with magnifying lens on top to help my little entomologists observe insects better. We found out the little ants are great escape artists! They find the breathing holes and crawl out.
My kinderkids made such funny grouchy faces and I used them to make our Grouchy Kindergarteners bulletin board. I am working on a mini insect unit which hopefully will be completed by the end of this weekend. I am using it this week and into next week!
At the parent center, my kinderkids reviewed the butterfly life cycle by making a paper plate one with rice and pasta. A grain of rice or a bean is used as an egg. A spiral noodle is the caterpillar. A shell noodle is a chrysalis. A bowtie noodle is the butterfly.
At the independent center, my kinderkids made their caterpillars to count by 10s. One of our Kindergarten Common Core Standards is to count by 10s to 100. I do not remember where I originally found this freebie activity. I did find another version at Kelly's Kindergarten.
I finally found them! I found some dry erase crayons at the nearby Office Max! My kinderkids used them and they worked nicely on the plastic sleeves for their independent activities. One of my co-workers warned me not to use them on the whiteboard since it did not clean off easily.