My Bug Unit:
- Insect PowerPoint- explaining characteristics of insects
- Work pages to identify parts of an insect, as well as draw and label them independently (scaffolded lessons that build on each day)
- "Bug Hunt" activity
- Insect report mini-book
My best decoding starting at the top going clockwise:
-some insects move in big packs
-fif?? No idea, it made sense but I forget now
-pollen (they eat it he said)
I started my unit by brainstorming and that they could put anything they think of when they hear the word "insects." I wanted to know what prior knowledge we were starting with. This was also an eye opener to me that my kids have NO CLUE how to use a web! Good thing we're using Step Up to Writing this year! I differentiated this because I teach a 1st/2nd combo this year with a wide range of abilities. I had my early readers draw pictures and explain to me what they thought of, and my more advanced/older students wrote words/phrases. This is when I discovered they were trying to write whole sentences and didn't know they could shorten it just to get their thoughts out.
What is your first science theme of the year?