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Bees, Butterflies, & Bugs Mobile

Create a colorful mobile with your favorite flying creatures. Combine various bug body types into a delightful display.

  • Grade 3
    Grade 4
    Grade 5
    Grade 6
  • Multiple Lesson Periods
  • Directions

    1. Introduce students to the different body types in common insects, such as ants, beetles, butterflies, and bees. Share pictures of mobiles, such as those created by Alexander Calder, to see how important balance is to their construction.
    2. Cut out the insects. Draw a large insect with Crayola® Erasable Colored Pencils on the back of Crayola Color Explosion Paper. Erase if needed to make it as accurate as possible. Keep any legs or antennae wide so they can be cut out easily. Fold the paper over so the black sides touch. Cut out a pair of insects with Crayola Scissors. Repeat to make as many pairs of insects as needed for the mobile.
    3. Decorate the insects. Place each set of insects with the black side up. Use Color Explosion Markers to decorate them. Think of interesting natural patterns and designs to make the creatures unique.
    4. Lay one end of a thread on the back of an insect. Bend and place chenille stems on the back for legs and antennae. Cover the back of the matching insect with Crayola School Glue. Place it on top of the first piece, so the chenille stems and thread are sandwiched between. Repeat for all insects. Allow to dry.
    5. Prepare the hanger. Trim construction paper to cover a cardboard tube. Poke the thread ends from the insects through the paper and then tape to the back. Wrap the paper around the tube (with the threads inside). Glue the paper to the tube. Attach paper clips around the ends until glue dries.
    6. On more paper, use Crayola Crayons to create decorative details (maybe a sun and clouds). Cut them out. Glue them on the covered tube. Air-dry the glue.
    7. Punch a hole at each end of the tube. Attach yarn to hang the mobile in a classroom display.
  • Standards

    LA: Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.

    LA: Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

    LA: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.

    LA: Report on a topic or text or present an opinion, sequencing ideas logically and using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.

    MATH: Use ratio reasoning to convert measurement units; manipulate and transform units appropriately when multiplying or dividing quantities.

    SCI: Ask questions about the natural an human-built worlds.

    SCI: Construct explanations of phenomena using knowledge of accepted scientific theory and linking it to models and evidence.

    SS: Give examples of the role of institutions in furthering both continuity and change.

    VA: Use different media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas, experiences, and stories.

    VA: Use visual structures of art to communicate ideas.

    VA: Identify connections between the visual arts and other disciplines in the curriculum.

  • Adaptations

    Encourage older students to measure body sizes so that the insects on their mobiles are created to scale.

    In small groups, younger students can take a nature walk to identify insects that live in the community. Remind students to carefully look under logs and stones, around flowers and gardens, as well as in other insect habitats. Students should bring sketchbooks on the nature walk.

    Insect invasion! Students select one or two insects that they would see in the same habitat. Students create a diorama which includes 3-D models of each insect to include in the diorama, as well as an appropriate habitat background, colorized using Crayola Model Magic, crayons, markers, and colored pencils. Older students will include information such as the kingdom, phylum, class, order, family, genus, and species of each insect in the diorama.


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