I needed a bulletin board idea for conference time and saw something on Pinterest that caught my eye. I whipped together these bugs (please be kind - I was in a hurry) and made up a writing project to go along with them.
I had the kids color all the bugs (without drawing on faces) then let them choose their favorite. I cut them (yes, 23), so I could keep the black border...a little nuts, I know. I used photos of each student face and trimmed them to fit onto each bug face then laminated each (in case moms & dads want to keep). We added pipe-cleaners for legs and antennae. I taped, but glue works.
We brainstormed verbs (crawled, hopped, flew), and some sentence "where" expanders (over, under, inside, on, into etc.). They wrote some great adventure stories. I printed the covers on colored paper and attached each bug to the left side (they overhang the edges a little).
I found a giant flyswatter at Dollar Tree as an accent and we were good to go!
This activity has so-o-o many possibilities for several grade levels. I teach ESL and I always appreciate activities that I can use with different levels. I appreciate the blackline bugs so that the students can do their own design or I can print them on colored paper for the older students. This is a wonderful unit for writing and science. Thanks for your creativiity and generosity! :) Linda
Haha, thanks! I actually used the shapes tools in power point (or it may have been in Word - they're the same). It was all I had at the time. After creating the circles, I used the line tools in that same menu to make the legs etc. I then "grouped" all the shapes so they all hooked together. I've since started using photoshop for all of my drawings-sooo much easier (and they look a little fancier!). :)