Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Homeschool Science: Beetles, Flies, & True Bugs

Here I am, moving along in catching up with our summer science on the blog (we are in our last lesson of insects as we speak). So far I covered an introduction to insects, insect life cycles and life styles, and social insects.

Now we come to beetles, flies, and true bugs. Though interesting enough, I think the shine for insects waned a bit with this lesson. I blame it on summer.

For our core reading, we used Apologia's Exploring Creation with Zoology 1: Flying Creatures (lesson 12). The kids also did notebook work and hands-on fun.

The first experiment the boys did was to pick a few locations and hypothesize which location the insects would like best. We dug out holes at each location and sifted through for insects. This was a huge bust as we found zero insects. What a bummer! That's an experiment for you, though.


We put out some bananas to "catch" a fly in order to watch it clean its face and how it moves around.


A lightening bug crawling up the side of the jar (which is really hard to take a picture of!). We have done plenty of lightening bug chases this summer.


The kids did an experiment to see how a water strider "walks" on water by placing a pin on top of a piece of toilet paper square in a dish of water. The paper sinks, leaving the pin to float on top of the water. This was magic to the kids. They loved it. We also got down on our bellies at a local pond to watch the water striders glide around, trying to avoid the dragonflies wanting to eat them. That was definitely a hit.



Some neat extras:

Notebooks


Miss L (Pre-K/K)


  • Coloring page (beetles, flies, and true bugs).
  • Fill-in the sentence: If I were a ladybug I would _____________.
  • The Lightening Bug poem.
  • Fingerprint lightening bug jar.
  • One neat thing I learned.
  • Firefly anatomy.
  • How-to-draw a ladybug.
  • Hands-On recording pages.

Mr. D (1st/2nd)


  • Coloring page (beetles, flies, and true bugs).
  • What did I learn?
  • Draw something from the lesson.
  • Fill-in-the-blank ladybug anatomy.
  • Water strider picture and questions.
  • Life cycle of a firefly wheel.
  • Fingerprint lightening bug jars.
  • Catch lightening bugs and record how many you caught.
  • How-to-draw a ladybug.
  • Hands-On recording pages.

Mr. A (3rd/4th)


**Full 3rd/4th Notebook Here**

  • Coloring page (beetles, flies, and true bugs).
  • What did I learn?
  • Draw something from the lesson.
  • Vocabulary.
  • A Ladybug Story (colors in Spanish).
  • Fill-in-the-blank anatomy of a ladybug.
  • Water strider picture and questions.
  • Life cycle of a firefly wheel.
  • Fingerprint lightening bug jars.
  • Catch lightening bugs and record how many you caught.
  • How-to-draw a ladybug.
  • Hands-On recording pages.


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