“Bug Zoo” by Andy Harkness is a cute book about a little boy that decides to collect bugs in jars and start a “Bug Zoo”. In the end he lets the bugs go, knowing they will be happier. I have included a variety of “bug” activities, along with story sequencing and comprehension cards that will go with a “bug” theme.
Contents and Directions:
Page 1 – Cover Page
Page 2 – Contents and Directions
Page 3 – Pre-Reading/Vocabulary
Page 4 – Story Sequencing Cards
Page 5 – Comprehension Cards
Page 6-7 – Category Jars (Bugs That Crawl, Bugs That Fly, Bugs That Jump, Bugs That Do More Than One Thing)
Page 8 - Bugs for sorting into the Category Jars
Page 9 – Spatial Concept Cards – Where is the Bug?
Page 10 – Roll and Cover – open-ended activity – Using your own skill cards, students give the required number/type of responses, roll two dice and cover that number with chips, play dough, etc. If that number is already covered, play passes to the next player.
Page 11-12 – Don’t Bug Me – an open-ended activity using your own skill cards – Each student gets a matching card (there are 2 on each page). After giving responses, they get a bug card (Page 13-14 – you may want to run an extra page or two of these). If they already have that bug, play passes to the next player. If they get a “You’ve Been Bugged” card, they lose one bug. The first player to fill their card is the winner.
Page 15-16 – Describing Jars worksheet and cut and paste strips. – As a group, we pick a jar and name as many things that fits that description as we can. Then we look at the cut and paste pictures and choose one item that best fits the description and glue it on the jar. We continue in this manner.
Page 17 – Back Cover and Credits
HAPPY BUG HUNTING!