Sunday, August 17, 2014

Homeschool Science: Insect Life Cycles and Life Styles

The kids and I are nearly done with our summer insect study! It has been a lot of fun. First we had an introduction to insects, and next we learned about insect life cycles and life styles.

For our core reading, we used Apologia's Exploring Creation with Zoology 1: Flying Creatures (lesson 10). The kids also did notebook work and hands-on fun.

One of the fun things with studying insects is that the kids are really looking at the small things everywhere, insects or not. They are using their eyes and observing, not just the obvious, but the not so obvious.


The kids did an experiment using tin cans to see which food insects like better (cans in the same location, different food) as well as which location insects prefer (cans in different locations, same food). We found that they preferred lunch meat over fruit and that they liked it better by our bushes rather than up next to the house -- whew.


See, finding bugs everywhere now? Miss L is by far my biggest animal/bug-loving child. She is fearless in catching anything that moves.


As part of the lesson we headed outside to find insect egg cases, which for us, was hard to do. We had our praying mantis case of course:


And we saw these sacs, but the kids knew they were spider eggs, not insect ones.


We saw galls in our trees. One tree in particular was covered in galls. Probably from a wasp of some sort?


We rounded each lesson with notebook work, not all of which was done with a pencil. :) Miss L is demonstrating the life cycle of a butterfly.

Egg:


Caterpillar (larva):


Chrysalis (pupa):


Butterfly (adult):


We also watched this neat time lapse video of a butterfly's life cycle and continued to add stickers and read about insects in the kids' Ultimate Sticker Book.

Notebooks


Miss L (Pre-K/K)


  • Coloring page (insect life cycles and life styles).
  • Fill-in the sentence: My favorite insect is ______________.
  • Look at life cycles of flies and preying mantises.
  • Ladybug math.
  • Pretend to grow into a butterfly.
  • One neat thing I learned.
  • Hands-On recording pages.

Mr. D (1st/2nd)


  • Coloring page (insect life cycles and life styles).
  • What did I learn?
  • Draw something from the lesson.
  • Look at life cycles of flies and preying mantises.
  • Choose an insect and draw its life cycle.
  • My bug jar -- draw bugs of your choice for fun.
  • Hands-On recording pages.

Mr. A (3rd/4th)


**Full 3rd/4th Notebook Here**
  • Coloring page (insect life cycles and life styles).
  • What did I learn?
  • Draw something from the lesson.
  • Vocabulary.
  • Butterfly life cycle snack.
  • Look at life cycles of flies and preying mantises.
  • Choose an insect and draw its life cycle.
  • Hands-On recording pages.

2 comments:

  1. Sounds like a great summer of science!

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    1. Yes, Sylvia, it has been fun. More to come!

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