I think it is safe to say that my students (and maybe me!) have full on spring fever. We have been hit hard with it. We have had a few days with nearly 90 degree weather.... and the countdown to Summer may or may not have already began. (raise your hand if you are guilty of this!)
Although we still have 35 days left.... we have hit my absolutely FAVORITE time of the school year for Science! You know... that subject that often gets left behind or only given about 20ish minutes to during your day (I won't lie... I've been there!)
Science in Spring is hands-down the most fun throughout the year! We have plants, life cycles, weather... and gosh it just makes my teacher heart happy!
This week has been nothing short of life cycle overload, starting with ladybugs! These little bugs are definitely cute... but there is so much more about these little insects!
We started off with our KWL chart to see what we knew... and my kiddos are pretty smart I tell ya!
I just made a poster and laminated it so it can be used over and over! Just grab some post-its and you are on your way!
I also have these posters with real-life life cycle pictures hanging up in my classroom as well:
You can grab these posters by clicking HERE!
To help order these stages... I wrote a little song to help my kiddos...
We sing it to the tune of "B-I-N-G-O"
I also whipped up this booklet for my students to help them write the stages and identify the stages:
(Clipart - Ashley Hughes, The Bubbly Blonde, and fonts are KG Fonts/Cara Carroll)
You can snag up this little booklet for FREE by clicking HERE!
You can't have spring science without a craft.... so ladybugs it is!
We hit the life cycle pretty hard, so I wanted a different craft, yet still including ladybugs!
Students will write about if they were a ladybug.
See the yellow eggs? Here is the trick:
Just grab your hole punch and yellow paper! Super easy and gives the craft some extra jazz!
You can also grab this craft by clicking HERE!
To help reinforce the life cycle stages, I made these little clip cards AND puzzles to include for my fast-finishers throughout the day!
You can also grab these by clicking HERE!
We will start butterflies tomorrow, but I wanted to show you the butterfly activities as well!
Grab these posters HERE!
I also created the same life cycle booklet for the butterfly as the students made for the ladybug;
It shows the ladybug, but you can grab the butterfly book HERE!
And you can't write a ladybug song and NOT write a butterfly life cycle song....
This one is to the tune: "One Little, Two Little, Three Little Indians...."
I hope you snagged up some life cycle freebies that you can use in your class soon!
I just have to leave you with this picture of my little family.... just fishin' our little hearts out :)
I could sit on a dock all day long, pole in my hand, family by my side..... and be just fine!