By Linda Lange
Rahn Elementary, Eagan, MN
PURPOSE: Theme study while teaching primary students basic
skills according to Individual Education Plan (IEP) goals in
Reading, Math, and Writing.
SETTING THE STAGE: Tape or CD of nature sounds-- "Listen for
bug sounds, children." Ladybug boarder on bulletin board to
display work and charts to show personal improvement. Use bug
flip charts to open lesson times and bug stickers on good papers.
Books to read to the class each day and to put in a book center
about bugs. "Waiting for Wings", "Flies: from fireflies mosquitos",
"A Firefly Biologist at Work", "How Insects Work Together",
starting with Nature Bug Book, "Simon and Schuster Children's
Guide to Bugs", "ABC of Crawlers and Flyers".
Videos to teach letter/sound association and encourage learning.--
"Letter Fun", "Richard Scarry's the Best Spelling", "ABC's &
123's", "Word Clue Adventure", "Confidence".
Word lists and flash cards-- bug/insect, personal word lists,
numbers, colors, shapes, coins, time, measurement, and number
facts. Class trip to school butterfly garden to observe bugs.
Personal Curriculum in academic areas.
Reading--"Earobics", "Edmark", "Explode the Code", "Read Naturally",
"Rigby Books", Computer Reading Programs, etc.
Math-- SRA Math Spectrum, Calculation Program, Word Problems,
Money, Time, Measurement Lessons, etc.
Writing-- journal entries, letter writing, retelling stories
or math problems, writing stories.
Workbook assignments in each of the above areas. Read stories
into a tape recorder. Draw pictures telling what you learned.
Make a cage to hold bugs which you keep when going on a nature
Write a story about:
-a bug which you found
-getting bitten by a bug
-how bugs have destroyed property or caused illness to people
-how bugs have been helpful to society
Make a bug collection of 12 bugs- mount, label, and tell where
you found each.