Are your students learning about insects? I created these science/literacy centers around the insect theme. These centers are perfect for your first grade students.
Included in this packet:
Magnify Tiny Insect Words - Students will use a magnifying glass to find tiny insect themed words on an insect themed workmat. They will then record the words on a recording sheet under the correct picture of the word in letter boxes. On the back of the recording sheet, they will match insect names to insect images.
Insect Search Read Write the Room - Students will search the room and look for insect picture word cards. They will record the words they find under the correct picture on their recording sheet. On the back of their recording sheet, they will label and color an insect.
Is it an Insect Sort? - Students will sort picture word cards on a mat. They will decide if the card is a picture of an insect or non-insect. They will record their work on a recording sheet. On their back of their recording sheet, they can complete a maze (great for early finishers).
Build a Sentence - Students will build insect themed sentences out of word cards and record their work on a double sided recording sheet.
Insect Observation - Students will observe insects (whatever insects you have your classroom) using the insect observation journal. I have provided you with a few premade versions for Praying Mantis, Ant, Ladybug, Butterfly, Moth, and Beetle. I have also provided you with journal covers that are blank and one that says Insect Observation Journal.
File Folder Word Wall with Pictures - These are sheets of paper that can be glued into a file folder to create an instant word wall. They could also be placed in clear protective sheets. The word wall is meant to help support the observation and writing center.
Writing Center - Students will respond to the writing prompt "What Bugs You? It really bugs me when..."
Roll and Write a Word - Students will roll a foam dice with insect word cards on it. They will record the word on their recording sheet. They will continue this way until one of the words has won. This creates a bar graph. On the back side, they will analyze their data and write a sentence using one of the words they rolled. There are two sets of this center since the students tend to finish this center earlier.
I hope your students enjoy these insect themed centers.