Bugsicles in your classroom!
Teacher’s Guide to Bugs and Bugsicles (this is a pdf)
(If you use any of these activities, I’d love it if you drop me a note and tell me how it went. amy.hansen NO SPAM @nasw.org)
State and National Standards
Here’s how the book fits into these standards:
Reading curriculum: as either an informational text or literature, Bugsicles follows individual bugs through their life cycle, giving the students an opportunity to answer Who, What, Where, When and How eight times. (RL, 2.1, 3.1 RI 2.1,3.1), as well as using text features while following the stories.
I found many Science curricula.
Every set of standards required a study of life cycles in early elementary, often at Grade 2. This book fits easily with that standard. The content is appropriate, the animals are familiar. The book also explores adaptation techniques, and in the physical sciences, it looks at what happens to water as it freezes and thaws.
Here are the specific alignments so far. I focussed on the standards that were K-4; however, the book does hit many of the standards for older students as well. I will continue to explore state curriculums and post the data here.
Goals for School Science:
1. “Experience the richness and excitement of knowing about and understanding the natural world.”
Table 6.2 Physical Science Standards: “Properties of objects and materials”
Table 6.3 Life Sciences Standards: “Life cycles of organism”
Grade Two Life Sciences : “Plants and animals have predictable life cycles.”
MARYLAND STATE STANDARDS
2.0 Materials and Process that Shape A Planet — including freezing and thawing
3.0 Life Sciences
A. Diversity of Life;
C. Genetics, specifically life cycles “describe and compare the life cycles of different kinds of animals and plants”
NEW JERSEY STATE STANDARDS
5.3 Life Science: D. Heredity and Reproduction: “…organisms reproduce, develop and have predictable life cycles.”
NEW YORK STATE STANDARDS
Key Idea 4: The continuity of life is sustained through reproduction and development.
Life Cycles “Describe major stages of life cycles of selected plants and animals”
PENNSYLVANIA STATE STANDARDS
3.1 Biological Sciences
3.1.A Organisms and Cells
Mostly 3.1.A.3 Life Cycles
Also Evolution and Adaptation 3.1.C.2
And Properties of Matter 3.2.5.A.1