This is a Praying Mantis Life Cycle pack that you can use in conjunction with raising praying mantises in your classroom! There are 11 different activities, covering writing, math and science skills!
Here is the table of contents:
Page 3: Praying Mantis Life Cycle Sequencing Cards: Use the cards on this page to have your students sequence the life cycle of a praying mantis. You can have them arrange the cards in a pocket chart or place a small piece of Velcro on the back for use on a felt board.
Pages 4 – 7: Life Cycle Sequencing Sheets: Have students color, cut out and paste the cards on page 7 in the correct order on page 6. Alternatively, have students color page 5.
Pages 8 – 9: Label the Praying Mantis!: Here is a fun labeling and coloring activity for your students. The first page is a full color version already labeled that you can display in your classroom. The 2nd page is a b&w version for your students to color and complete.
Pages 10 – 19: Praying Mantis Life Cycle Easy Reader: Have students color and assemble pages into a book that they can read and reread! This is printed so that you can get 2 pages per piece of paper.
Pages 20 – 21: Praying Mantis Life Cycle KWL Charts: A color and b&w version of KWL charts. Have students complete these before, during and after your life cycle unit. I always display my color version in the classroom and have the students complete their b&w versions for in their life cycle journal.
Page 22: Praying Mantis Metamorphosis Calendar: Use this calendar if you are raising praying mantises in your classroom. Just have students start with day 1 and record until you release the praying mantises! This calendar is blank so you can have students add the month and dates appropriate to your unit of study.
Pages 23 - 25: Praying Mantis Life Cycle Writing Page: Use these pages for students to write and draw about the Praying Mantis Life Cycle. The 1st page can be used as a non-fiction narrative of the life cycle, or for students to create a fictional story of a praying mantis. The other two pages have specific prompts for your students to write to.
Pages 26 – 42: Praying Mantis Observation Journal: Use these pages for students to record their observations if you raise praying mantises in your classroom. You can use them in any order and use as many or as few as you decide. Students fill in the day of the cycle, and then answer the questions and/or illustrate. Some of the questions will be easier to answer after you have read books or watched videos of the praying mantis. You will need grains of rice for one page.
Pages 43 - 48: Praying Mantis Life Cycle Roll & Graph Activity: Create a cube (either cut out and fold the pre-made cube or use the pictures to create your own cube by gluing them on wooden cubes or placing in the pockets of a cube such as this one.) Students then roll the cube and record each roll on their graph. When one image reaches the top of the graph they stop and fill out the More, Less or Equal sheet or the Addition sheet.
Pages 49 - 50: Roll & Cover Addition and Subtraction Sheets: This is a fun game for math centers. Provide students with 2 dice, some two-sided tokens and a game mat. Students take turns rolling the dice and either adding or subtracting depending on the game mat. If the sum or difference is uncovered they can place their token on top. Play continues until all of the numbers are covered. The students with the most tokens on the board is the winner.
Pages 51 – 52: Color by Sum: These are just fun Praying Mantis color-by-sum sheets for your students to color according to the code. The first page is sums to 10 and the second is sums to 20 so you can differentiate for your students.
I hope you enjoy this unit! If you have any questions, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Don't forget to check out my blog, Herding Kats in Kindergarten for ideas, tips and freebies!