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Bugs and Insects Math and Literacy Activities

Bugs and Insects Math and Literacy Activities

Let’s get buzzy and have some fun with with this Bugs and Insects Math and Literacy pack. It contains 17 worksheets and 8 learning center activities that are sure to engage your learners while strengthening the following skills:

– Patterning
– Counting
– One-to-one correspondence
– Set recognition
– Seriation
– Measurement (nonstandard)
– Number recognition
– Number quantity
– Number order
– Graphing
– Classification
– Number formation
– Concept of more/less/same
– Visual discrimination
– Association
– Beginning letter sounds
– Uppercase letter recognition
– ABC Order
– Letter formation
– Phonological awareness
– Fine motor
– Following directions

Please note that the center activities in this packet are designed to be printed (on cardstock) and laminated, and to be used and enjoyed for many years to come.

MEASURING CARDS (COLOR 10/B&W 10)

Bugs & Insects Math and Literacy

These measuring cards make for a fantastic measurement (nonstandard) learning tool. We use Unifix Cubes, but any small manipulative such as pom poms, vase gems or mini erasers will work.

Bugs & Insects Math and Literacy

Children will work to see how many cubes long the bugs and insects are. Students may use the included Bugs and Insects Measure and Record worksheet to record their measurements. Discuss which are shorter and which are longer, and which are the same length. So many learning concepts here!


Bugs & Insects Math and Literacy

The included worm and snail measuring cards are optional. While the snail and worm are neither bugs nor insects, they ARE “creepy crawlers”, and these cards have proved to be a hit with children. If you decide to use the snail and worm, be sure to explain why they are not bugs or insects. Please know that these two cards are not featured on the Bugs and Insects Measure and Record worksheet.

BUILD A BUG PLAYDOUGH ACTIVITY CARDS (COLOR 10/B&W 10)

Bugs and Insects Math and Literacy Activities

Supply students with playdough, googly eyes, foam hearts, acrylic jewels and/or sequins, and cut pieces of straws and pipe cleaners/fuzzy sticks. Students will choose a card and build a bug using the “recipe”. The hearts can be used as wings, and the straws and pipe cleaners as legs and antennae. OR the items may be used any way the children see fit. 🙂

NUMBER MATCH UP PUZZLES (COLOR 10/B&W 10)

Bugs & Insects Math and Literacy

Cut the cards in half. Young learners will complete the puzzles by matching the quantity of bugs and insects to their corresponding numerals.

Bugs & Insects Math and Literacy

LADYBUG NUMBER QUANTITY TASK CARDS (COLOR 10/B&W 10)

Bugs & Insects Math and Literacy

Provide students with black vase gems or some other small manipulative. Learners will give the ladybugs their spots by placing a numbered group of items on its corresponding task card. Encourage younger children to use one-to-one correspondence while counting. Older children can use this activity to practice set recognition.

Bugs & Insects Math and Literacy

BUG OUT! LETTER SPIN & COVER GAME SHEETS (COLOR 4/B&W 4) AND SPINNER (COLOR 1/B&W 1)

Bugs & Insects Math and Literacy

Cut out the spinner card and attach a paperclip spinner with a round head fastener (brad). Provide vase gems, mini erasers, pom poms, or some other small manipulative for students to use as markers. Dot markers may be used for the black and white sheets. Young learners will spin, identify the letter, and cover it on their sheet. Continue until the sheet is completely covered. When using this activity in small group, children will take turns spinning. First player to cover his/her sheet wins. Trade cards and play again!

RHYMING CARDS (COLOR 10/B&W 10)

Bugs & Insects Math and Literacy

Children will say the name of each picture and find and cover its rhyming partner. Supply plastic bugs, mini erasers or another small manipulative for children to use as markers. Clothespins may also me used.

BUGS IN A JAR SYLLABLE COUNT & CLAP GAME CARDS (COLOR 3/B&W 3) AND SYLLABLE PICTURE CARDS (COLOR 12/B&W 12)

Bugs & Insects Math and Literacy

Cut out the jar cards along with the syllable cards. Students will say the picture (bug) name and clap and count each word part. Learners will then place the picture card on the appropriate jar labeled with the amount of syllables. This activity, along with the Critter Clap & Count worksheet (included in this packet), makes for a ton of syllable fun.

BUGS AND INSECTS WRITING TRAY LETTER CARDS (COLOR A-Z/26/B&W A-Z/26)

Bugs & Insects Math and Literacy

Provide a shallow tray filled with sand (salt or sugar may also be used) for children to use. Using a small branch or their fingers, learners will practice letter formation using the letter cards as guides.

WORKSHEETS (17)

With these engaging worksheets learners will identify and match letters, classify, pattern, segment syllables, and so, so much more!

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The Carrot Seed Carrot Craft

The Carrot Seed Carrot Craft

The children’s book The Carrot Seed is a simple classic that teaches perseverance, and the method of planting a seed and helping it grow. This delightful story, which was first published in 1945, has never been out of print. The Ruth Krauss’ straightforward text and Crockett Johnson’s clean illustrations work to create a timeless, victorious, and fulfilling story for readers of any generation.

A small boy plants a carrot seed. Unfortunately, everyone in the boy’s family is certain the seed will not grow.

“I’m afraid it won’t come up,” they each say.

However, the boy remains self-assured in the carrot seed’s potential and his own ability to care for it. Eventually, he is able to harvest a carrot that measures the size of his faith.

The Carrot Seed Carrot Craft

Now your young learners can have a huge carrot of their own that they can be proud of. Simply provide each child with a carrot (pre-K children should cut out their own), and a sheet of orange construction paper. Have the children tear the paper into small pieces. Then encourage them to glue the scraps onto the carrot until most of the white paper is covered. To complete the project, they will glue green strips of paper for the carrot top.

MATERIALS USED:

– Green and orange construction paper
– Our triangle carrot template
– Glue
– Scissors

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Charlie Rooster Shape Craft

This Charlie Rooster shape craft is a fabulous extension to the story Friends written and illustrated by Helme Heine. Together, these activities teach pro-social behavior, shape knowledge, and color recognition.

As children grow, they become increasingly interested in establishing friendships. Friends provide stimulation, assistance, camaraderie, and affection.

Charlie Rooster, Johnny Mouse, and Percy the pig are the best of friends. They do everything together. They ride their bike together, play games together, and even do their chores together. Because that’s what best friends do. This charming book glorifies friendship; proving that friends can make even the most simple, everyday delights seem extraordinary. In cheerful watercolors, Helme Heine depicts the tremendous spirit of these adorable animals, who are filled with the enthusiasm and pleasure of companionship.

MATERIALS USED:

– Construction paper
– Craft foam
– Our free circles template
– Scissors
– Glue
– Dot markers
– Googly eyes
– Heart cutouts/Fiskars heart squeeze punch
– Feathers
– Crayons


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