My son is all about the bugs these days. We've been having fun learning together this summer, but when he started asking a lot of bug questions, I knew I had to follow his lead. The first question was What is an insect? To help us fully understand the answer to this question, we did a few different activities.
We got some plastic bugs and did this "checklist" for each bug.
Then we sorted them: insect/not an insect
We created our own insects
(We made sure to include all the characteristics of an insect-except the exoskeleton of course)
He ended up making a few...
We went on many many bug hunts over the past week!
When he found a bug, he loved getting out that magnifying glass to count the legs.
To read more about our insect adventures and how I would do this in the classroom, head on over to my blog.
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