Two Bad Ants Week 1 – Creepy, Crawlie Critters Activity: 1. Point of View – Challenge students to view the classroom from an ant’s point of view. What would a desk or chair look like? How would a pencil or book appear? Ask kids to lie down on the floor and take a look around the room from the perspective of an ant. 2. Introduce the meaning of the words "obstacle" and "overcome" using examples from the story. Have the students cite examples from their lives to show they know the meanings of the words 3. An Ant’s Eye View An Ant’s Eye View An Ant’s Eye View A Person’s Point of View A beautiful sparking crystal A dark forest A giant silver scoop A boiling brown lake A huge round disk with holes A waterfall pouring from a silver tube Breakout at the Bug Lab Week 1 – Creepy, Crawlie Critters Activity: Breakout at the Bug Lab is full of puns. Puns are a "A Play on Words". Make a list of the puns used in the story. Using a word or words that have more than 1 meaning. Examples: 1. I recently spent money on detergent to unclog my kitchen sink. It was money down the drain. 2. Our social studies teacher says that her globe means the world to her. 3. A jury is never satisfied with the verdict. The jury always returns it. 4. Sir Lancelot once had a very bad dream about his horse. It was a knight mare. 5. A dog not only has a fur coat but also pants. 6. Today I've got a pressing engagement. I must go to the cleaners. 7. The principal part of a horse is the mane, of course. 8. Having lots of good cookbooks only makes sense. They contain such stirring events. 9. If you want to make a pun from dunlop. Then lop off the lop and the pun is dun. 10. I used to be twins. My mother has a picture of me when I was two. 11. I work as a baker because I knead dough. 12. What is the difference between a conductor and a teacher? The conductor minds the train and a teacher trains the mind Truman’s Aunt Farm Week 1 – Creepy, Crawlie Critters Activity: This story is has homonyms. Tell the following joke: -A Shetland Pony walked into a McDonalds and waited in line to place his order. When his turn finally came, he said (in a soft, raspy voice), "I'll have a Hamburger Happy Meal with a Coke, please." The woman behind the counter frowned and replied, "Sir, you'll have to speak up. I can't hear you." The pony looked at her and repeated (in the same soft, raspy voice), "I'll have a Hamburger Happy Meal with a Coke, please." The woman frowned again and looked rather aggravated. She said sharply, "Sir, I still can't hear you. There are lots of people waiting in line. You'll have to speak up or leave the restaurant." The pony smiled understandingly and replied (in the same soft, raspy voice), "I'm sorry. You've got to excuse me. I'm just a little hoarse." Discuss other words that are homonyms. No, know There, their Too, two Old Cricket Choose the emotion that best suits the character: happy confused relieved aggravated hurt afraid disappointed impatient annoyed loving excited impatient Fill in the following chart about each character in the book: Emotion: How you know: Old Cricket Mrs. Old Cricket Cousin Katydid Neighbor Ant Crow Doc Hopper Beetle Mc Grady Eats Bugs Week 1 – Creepy, Crawlie Critters Get your inspiration from Sam and create your own faux bug sandwich! There should never be another food unit taught in school without the benefit of Beetle McGrady’s fun food facts about edible insects. The grossness factor is high in this book so it should appeal perfectly to the exact target audience of 5 to 8 year olds. Having consumed a fried grub (I thought it was a cheese curl.), I can personally testify to the tastiness of some of the offerings in this fact filled trip into food land.. The responses of her classmates are probably very true to life when faced with Chef Suzanne’s gourmet treats: Chinese chop-suey ants, Mexican stinkbug salsa, cricket pizza, tree-worm spaghetti, and grasshopper tacos, just to name a few. Beetle’s courage is compared to several well known explorers and she lives up to the challenge by actually eating the chef’s delicacies. The end papers list 10 ―tips‖ for eating bugs, including ―#5 Feeling tired? Forget to take your vitamins? Termites are full of iron.‖ Diary of a Fly Grade 1 – Creepy, Crawlie Critters Week 2 Activity: Writing Write out their own postcard to Spider, telling him about a recent trip they took, a new friend they made, or a family member who offers good advice‚ just like Spider’s Grandpa! Ace Lacewing, Bug Detective Grade 3 – Things That Bug You! Week 3 Activity: Mini Lesson: Ace Lacewing, Bug Detective is full of figurative language:―Queenie Bee is in a honey of a jam;‖ ―. . . traffic was crawling;‖ ―. . . squirmed the maggot;‖etc. Discuss what the author means by these phrases. Can the class come up with other words and phrases that we use in everyday language to explain feelings and actions? Discuss the elements of a mystery. Writing: Brainstorm ideas for a story that everyone would want to write and to read. Break up into mystery-writing teams. Each group will work together to compose a mystery story and publish it for the classroom library. Create a new ending - What if Princess Pollen got away?!? Each student can write a new 1–2 page ending to Ace Lacewing, Bug Detective. Dear Mrs. LaRue: Letters from Obedience School Week 3 - Things That Bug You! Grade 3 Activity: Writing: 1. Character Map (see sheet) Divide class into 2 groups (positive, negative) Have the students decide in their group: Group 1 - positive characteristics of Ike Group 2 – negative characteristics of Ike 2. Ike’s Report Card (see sheet) Divide the class into groups of 2. Let each group decide what Ike’s biggest fault is and Ike’s best quality is. Discuss in whole group the decisions. 3. Dear Mrs. LaRue (letter writing – see sheet) During Independent Writing or together as a class write a letter. Dear Mrs. LaRue: Letters from Obedience School Week 3 - Things That Bug You! Grade 3 Writing: 1. Create the chart on chart paper. (see sheet) 2. Divide the class into groups of 2. 3. Assign each group one of sections on the chart. 4. Pass out a slip of paper for the group to write Ike’s View/What the Pictures Show (see slip) 5. After completing their section, discuss with class. 6. Glue slip on chart. Mini Lesson: 1. Real and Fantasy (see sheet) discuss with students 2. Point of View – (see sheet) Role Play Dear Mrs. LaRue: Letters from Obedience School Ike’s View:__________________________________ ___________________________________________ What the pictures show:_______________________ Dear Mrs. LaRue: Letters from Obedience School Ike’s View:__________________________________ What the pictures show:_______________________ Raising A Little Stink Week 3 - Things That Bug You! Grade 3 Activity: 1. Read the Little Red Hen. 2. Using a Venn Diagram compare and contrast setting, characters, plot, problem, solution. My Rotten Red-Headed Brother Before and After reading story: Graphic Organizer (see sheet) 1. Begin reading My Rotten, Red-Headed, Older Brother. 2. As you work through the pages of the book, write down thoughts about the kind of relationship there is between the brother and sister in the ―Before‖ section. 3. THEN: 4. Read up to the point when the sister faints from being so dizzy. 5. NEXT: 6. Prompt students to now look for how the brother treats his sister and see if there is any change. 7. Write down thoughts about the kind of relationship there is now between the brother and sister in the ―After‖ section My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother Discussion questions Did you know there is a valuable lesson to be learned in the story My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother? At the end of the story, during which Patricia and her brother Richard are in a battle to try to outdo another (Patricia is convinced that Richard can "climb the highest, get the dirtiest, and spit the farthest" to name a few), the siblings both learn a valuable lesson: not to let competition stand in the way of their kinship. 1. What are some of the things Richard did ―better‖ than Patricia in ―My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother? 2. What are some of the silly things you have done to try and ―outdo‖ a sibling (or if a student is an only child, ask them to describe some of the ways they have competed with friends)? Suggest… sporting events, costume parades, board games, etc., or open the discussion with your own personal story. 3. How did you feel when your sibling or friend ―beat‖ you? Were you angry? Upset? Vengeful? How did your sibling/friend feel if/when you came out on top? 4. How did Patricia rise above her desire to ―outdo‖ her rotten brother in the story ―My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother‖? What lesson did she and Richard learn? 5. How can you apply that lesson to your own relationships? Can you rise above the competition? 6. What are some of the special things your siblings/friends have done for you, to show how much they care? What are some of the things you’ve done for them? 7. What are some of the things you love about your sibling/friend? How is that person important in your life? Souperchicken Grade 3 – Things That Bug You! Week 3 Activity: Before Reading: Introduce vocabulary: squawked, wad, supermarket, expressway, hammock, truffle, quiche, toll booth After Reading: Puns in the story Locate play on words and discuss why the words are funny. (―vegout‖, ―noodle away your time‖, ―simmer down and relax‖, ―rice to the occasion‖, ―cream of chicken‖, ―you’re wonton to keep her‖, ―egg drop all over the place.‖) Writing: 1. Do you think that the new home was a good place for the chickens? 2. Decide what a ―super‖ chicken might be able to do? Draw an outfit for the chicken and write about this ―super‖ thing the chicken can do! Mini Lesson: Discuss the problem of the story the events (that led to the solution) and the solution using a graphic organizer. The Flea’s Sneeze Grade 3 – GERMS! Week 4 Activity: Mini Lesson: Rhyme – find the rhyming word groups in the story. Literacy Center: Ask each child to choose a rhyming word group to illustrate. Provide the children with drawing materials. Encourage the children to write or dictate information about their drawing. Invite the children to share their drawings during group time. Germs Make Me Sick Grade 3 – GERMS! Week 4 Activity: Before Reading and After Reading Compare discussion question answers before and after Discussion Questions Everybody knows that germs can make people sick. But what are germs? Where can you find them? Who can name a kind of germ? What can germs do to your body? Why do you think that germs are bad for you? What can you do to keep yourself safe from germs? Name some things that you can do to protect yourself. Germ Song - B-I-N-G-O I wash my hands before I eat. There are no germs on me. G-E-R-M-S, G-E-R-M-S, G-E-R-M-S, There are no germs on me. I stay away from friends with colds. There are no germs on me. G-E-R-M-(clap), G-E-R-M-(clap), G-E-R-M-(clap), There are no germs on me. I always clean my cuts and scrapes. GERMS! Week 4 – Grade 3 There are no germs on me. G-E-R-(clap)-(clap), G-E-R-(clap)-(clap), G-E-R-(clap)-(clap), There are no germs on me. I wash my hands on bathroom breaks. There are no germs on me. G-E-…, G-E-…, G-E-…, There are no germs on me. I never put things in my mouth. There are no germs on me. G-…., G-…., G-…., There are no germs on me. I keep my body healthy so— There are no germs on me.….., ….., A Bad Case of the Stripes Grade 3 – GERMS! Week 4 Activity: DISCUSSION STARTERS: What did you think was wrong with Camilla when you first read about her stripes? Why do you think Camilla Cream was afraid to have people find out that she liked lima beans? Was she right? What would Camilla’s life be like it she never got rid of her stripes? Do you like something that no one else does? Like Camilla, do you try to pretend you don't like it? Do you dislike something that everyone else seems to like? What could Camilla's teacher & parents have done to help Camilla deal with the students who were making fun of her? Do you think the students in the story were bullying Camilla? Why or why not? Could there have been someone else in Camilla's class that liked lima beans too, but just didn't want to admit it either? Camilla is trying very hard to be like everyone else - what would the world be like if we were all the same? What important lesson did you learn from this story? What were you feeling when you finished the book? A Bad Case of the Stripes Mini Lesson In the book, it says the old woman was "as plump and sweet as a strawberry." This kind of writing is called a simile because it compares two things using like or as. Write some similes of your own comparing people you know and food. Writing: -Try writing your own sequel to A Bad Case of Stripes - imagine Camilla's next adventure and how she has changed -Tell or write about something that you have ever been teased about. - Tell or write about a time you were sick. Precious and the Boo Hag Grade 3 – GERMS! Week 4 Activity: Before you begin reading, you might want to bring the following items into class to predict what the story might be about. A pink shoe, an orange shoe, jacks & ball, penny (enough for each student). Pre-Reading Make a list of things students should always remember if they are ever home along. This is another book you may want to read all the way through first and then show the pictures afterwards. During Reading Before reading the 2nd to last page, begins When Mama came home….. give each student a penny. Ask them to look closely at the penny. Then show this page…any differences? Post-Reading Talk about folktales and why this story sounds like a folktale even though it is an original story. Mini Lesson: 1. Character Traits: Before Brother went out to help his mama in the cornfields, he pulled Precious to the side and warned her about letting Pruella the Boo Hag in their house. He told his sister ten (10) characteristics of Pruella. Discuss the Precious and the Boo Hag characteristics and find examples in the story. Example: Brother said the Boo Hag tells ―whoppers.‖ In the story, the Precious and the Boo Hag Addie Louise look-alike said Precious’ mama looked pretty in her blue apron when she wasn’t even wearing a blue apron. 2. Word Cards – Divide class into 5 groups. Pass out word cards. Discuss the characters, setting, and other words. (see sheets) Have each group divide the cards into these categories: characters, setting, and other words. 3. Talk about idioms and figures of speech. 4. Elements of a folktale Old Cricket Grade 3 – GERMS! Week 4 Activity: Pre Reading: How many of you have chores? What are they? Do you ever feel like not doing them? Why? Have you ever tried to get out of doing your job? After Reading: Knowledge: 1. Explain what you think this means; ―You don’t get to be an OLD cricket by being a dumb bug.‖ 2. Who are the characters in the story? Who do you think is the most important, why? Comprehension: 1. Describe in your own words what happens in the story. 2. Give examples of where Old Cricket makes a decision in the story. Does it happen more than once? Application: 1. Collect at least ten excuses you hear people use during the day. 2. Predict what Old Cricket will say when his wife asks him to take out the trash the next morning. Analyze: 1. How would the story be different if written through the eyes of the wife? The crow? 2. Read The Little Red Hen and compare these two stories where people avoid work. Synthesize: 1. Imagine what each person would say to Old Cricket if they knew he was ―faking it.‖ 2. Do you think Old Cricket’s wife had any idea that he didn’t really have a creak in his knee? What makes you think so or not? Old Cricket Mini Lesson: Divide into 5 groups and complete the following chart. Assign each group an emotion. Have them complete the chart (see sheet) with their assigned emotion. Discuss as a whole group. Choose the emotion that best suits the character: happy confused relieved aggravated hurt afraid disappointed impatient annoyed loving excited impatient Fill in the following chart about each character in the book: Emotion: How you know: Old Cricket Mrs. Old Cricket Cousin Katydid Neighbor Ant Crow Doc Hopper Thinking About Ants Grade 2 – Creepy, Crawly Critters Week 1 Oddhopper Opera Grade 2 – Creepy, Crawly Critters Week 1 Activity: Mini Lesson Brainstorm a list of action words that describe bugs (flying, creeping, clicking, popping, snapping, buzzing, chirping, crawling, twirling, fluttering, gliding, flitting, zipping, zapping, biting, sucking, nibbling, flapping, hiding, stalking, munching, crunching, hauling, building, twinkling, flashing, sparkling, glistening, glimmering, shimmering, glinting, blinking, winking, quivering, shivering, dancing, dazzling, gleaming, glowing, rippling, shing, sunning, streaking. Crickwing Grade 2 – Creepy, Crawly Critters Week 1 Activity: Discussion topics for before reading: • What nicknames do you have, if any? • What does ?crick? mean? • Have you ever been physically injured? What happened? How did you feel? • Have you ever done something nice for someone? What happened? How did you feel afterwards? Discussion topics for during/after reading: • What makes Crickwing different than all the others? • What does Crickwing like to do with his food? • What bad things happen to Crickwing? • What does Crickwing do to the ants? • How do the ants fix Crickwing's wing? • Why do the ants release Crickwing? • Why does Crickwing decide to help the ants and what does he do? Writing: 1. Write a letter (see sheet) to Crickwing. 2. Make a get well card for Crickwing from the ants that helped him. Where Does the Butterfly Go When It Rains? Week 2- Flutter, Buzz, Zoom! Grade 1 Activity: Writing: What do you like to do when it rains? Mini Lesson: rhyming words What About Ladybugs? Week 2 – Flutter, Buzz, Zoom! Grade 2 Activity: Mini Lesson: Cause and Effect NF – list insect on chart as story is reread How insects Help a Garden Insect Before Spray Insect After Spray The Bee Tree Week 2 – Flutter, Buzz, Zoom! Grade 3 Activity Power of Retelling: Vocabulary: expedition, clamber, stampede, raucous, bleated, eureka, honeycomb, bleated, eureka Mini Lesson: 1. Similes (see sheet) 2. Plot Map (see sheet) http://users.manchester.edu/Student/KRHarvey/BeeTree/index.htm excellent website for beekeeper When Lightning Comes In A Jar Week 2 – Flutter, Buzz, Zoom! Grade 2 Activity: Mini Lesson – Similes slice of egg – like a giant eye piling it high on their plates Some as high as haystacks! Airplane – like thunder and fierce lightning like a giant dragonfly with two sets of wings These children will leap as high as a cow’s back Complete story structure chart below as a class when reading When Lightning Comes In A Jar and The Bee Tree. Compare and Contrast the information. Title Characters Setting Problem Attempts Solution Ladybug at Orchard Avenue Week 2 – Flutter, Buzz, Zoom! Grade 3 Activity: Introduce: Vocabulary: gape, bristly, orchard, waggle, (many more) Mini lesson: 1. Rich in descriptive language, vivid verbs, figurative language Reread pages with examples of each 2. Give each student a copy of a page of the story – find facts about ladybug, make chart of facts (pages copied in notebook) Eliza and the Dragonfly Grade 3 – Flutter, Buzz, Zoom! Week 2 Before Reading: Introduce habitat - definition Lowergrades- 1. Digital Dragonflies is a great website that tells about the different species of the dragonfly. 2. Biggs Wildlife pond is a website that has great pictures and tells about the dragonflies in a wildlife pond 3. Dragonflies - This is a great website to find interesting stories about dragonflies. It has a great photo gallary 4. Dragonflies and Damselflies is a great website for general information on dragonflies. 5. "Dragonfly TV" is one of the best websites for young children. It tells about dragonfly magazines and tv shows. It also has links to other insects as well. Uppergrades- 1. Drags - This website is a great informational website, the climate they need, where they live. 2. California Dragonflies is a great webite for information on the dragonfly species found in California. 3. Dragonfly Diversity is a very informative website on dragonflies. Any information you want, this website has it. 4. Dragonflies - This website describes the lifecycle of the dragonfly 5. Swedish Dragonflies is a great website with pictures and great information. The Little Red Ant and the Great Big Crumb Week 1 – Creepy, Crawlie Critters Grade 2 Activity: Discuss the elements of a fable. Read the story. Identify the elements of a fable. Identify the character, setting, plot, problem and solution. Bumblebee at Apple Tree Lane Grade 1 – Flutter, Buzz, Zoom! Week 2 Activity: Nonfiction: Reread story and complete nonfiction chart Firefly at Stonybrook Farm Grade 1 – Flutter, Buzz, Zoom! Week 2 Activity: Nonfiction: Reread story and complete nonfiction chart I Wish I Were a Butterfly Week 1 – Creepy, Crawlie Critters Grade 1 Activity: Materials: spiral pasta (caterpillar), cavatappi or radiatori shell pasta (chrysalis) farfalle pasta (butterfly) orzi pasta (representing an egg) Pre-Story Activity 1. Do you know where butterflies come from? 2. A butterfly was not always able to fly. Before it was a butterfly, it was a caterpillar and crawled like a worm. 3. Butterflies do not begin as baby butterflies. It begins as a tiny egg. The mother lays the egg on a plant. When it hatches, it is a caterpillar. It eats the leaf. As a caterpillar it chews and chews on the plant, it grows and grows. 4. When the caterpillar is grown it sticks itself to a branch with a strong silk thread. As it hangs upside down the caterpillar spins a blanket of silk around its body. The blanket gets hard and is called a chrysalis (KRIS a lis). 5. Inside the chrysalis the caterpillar turns into a butterfly. 6. When the butterfly is ready the chrysalis splits open and the butterfly comes out. The butterfly shakes out its wings and pumps them up with fluid from its body. 7. Soon the butterfly is ready to fly away to new places and see things it couldn't see as a caterpillar. Writing: What do you wish you were? Or could do?