Next week we will be making cute little pigs to go with our lesson on cause and effect. What better way to learn about it then this story? All of these books (If You Give a...) are great for teaching about cause and effect.
We started out discussing these insects and making a double bubble of the two we had learned the most about (so far). We did life cycles of both the ladybugs and the dragonflies. I was on the hunt for ladybugs but for some reason Home Depot is no longer selling them. Just when I thought I was going to be out of luck, my class was outside playing Sharks and Minos and we came across TWO ladybugs. It seemed like a mini miracle to me. One had no spots (which we had just learned meant it was a young adult ladybug) and the other had a ton of dark black spots (which we learned meant it was an older adult ladybug). Wow, couldn't have asked for a better spontaneous teaching moment then that. We collected them both and observed them with a magnifying glass for about an hour before setting them free. Nothing beats teaching a subject when students can see the real thing. We haven't started bees yet... so more to come. I guess I started with the two I liked the best.
Below is a list of websites that offer books and stories for kids, teachers, and parents to read online. It's a great resource to use with the Ipad, Kindle Readers, or even a computer. I love these sites.
Barnes and Noble
National Geographic Young