Friends~Have you raised butterflies? Have you raised ladybugs? Me too but I am always looking for a new an exciting way teach life cycles in my classroom. I am so thrilled to share with you my Science: All About Praying Mantis file! It is 76 pages of science, reading, writing, and videos! Your students will flip over these little creatures! When they hatch you can take your class outside and release them by picking them up with your fingers. They are miniature versions of the adults!
Included in this file you will find the following learning activities:
*2 Setting the stage sheets that will help you purchase egg cases and other supplies. (Wait til you see the unidentified creature predicting activity!)
*Parent letter for supplies to recreate the life cycle.
*Step by step directions to creating a model of each stage of the life cycle.
*Habitat directions and poster
2 Fact sheets
*Close Reading pages including video directions, QR code and a song.
*Can, Have, Are response sheet
*16 Vocabulary Cards
*Insect song and video
*Praying Mantis and Grasshopper printable fact cards
*Venn diagram compare
*Praying Mantis video and interactive flip sheet
*Molting experiment directions with recording sheet
*Life cycle sheet for each stage: including fact sheet, diagram sheet, and writing prompt.
*Cut and Paste Life Cycle sheet
*7 page nonfiction Praying Mantis report template
* Making Words center sheet
*Compound Eye experiment and recording sheet
* Sneak peek at our 2nd generation of praying mantises being born in my very own back yard!
Seriously, these little guys are the coolest! Your students will flip over this learning opportunity! Spring is the perfect time to hatch you praying mantises and keep you student focused on learning til the end of the year!
Be sure to check out my other insect files!
Creepy Crawly Fun
All About Bees