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What a Bee Sees

If you could shrink yourself to the size of a bug, what would you see? Imagine how HUGE your shoes look to a tiny creature!

  • Grade 1
    Grade 2
  • 30 to 60 minutes
  • Directions

    1. During an investigation into insect habitats, share The Best Book of Bugs by Claire Llewellyn with the class as a read aloud. Allow time during the read for students to talk about what it is like to be small and have taller people around you or how very large things look from their unique perspective. Once the reading is complete, ask children to compare how they see really large things compared to how insects such as bees see things that are found in their habitats.
    2. Organize students into small groups. Ask each group to imagine what a flying insect’s life is like. What is it like to fly? Do their wings get tired? Does wet weather get on their nerves? What is it like to drink nectar from fruit tree blossoms? Provide time for groups to share their thoughts with each other.
    3. Next, ask students to select a bug to study. Invite students to picture a bug’s perspective on life to assist with determining an insect’s strengths and weaknesses. Have on hand a variety of age-appropriate resources for students to interact with during this investigation.
    4. Once the research is complete, distribute Crayola® Markers and large sheets of white construction paper. Ask students to illustrate how they imagine their insects see the world around them. You might suggest that students get down on hands and knees to do some on-the-spot visuals. Encourage the drawing of everything to scale, such as a human foot or a plant compared to the tiny insect. Crayola Erasable Colored Pencils can be used to add details and textures to student drawings.
    5. Once complete, provide time for students to share their drawings with classmates. Encourage positive peer feedback during this sharing time.
  • Standards

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

    LA: Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.

    LA: Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade level topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.

    LA: Participate in shared research and writing projects (e.g., read a number of books on a single topic to produce a report; record science observations).

    SCI: Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction.

    VA: Discuss and reflect with peers about choices made in creating artwork.

    VA: Compare images that represent the same subject.

    VA: Develop a work of art based on observations of surroundings.

  • Adaptations

    Possible classroom resources include: How to Hide a Butterfly and Other Insects by Ruth Heller; Simon & Schuster Children's Guide to Insects and Spiders by Jinny Johnson; Insect (DK Eyewitness Books) by Laurence Mound.

    Organize a field trip to a natural science museum. Prior to the trip, students brainstorm information they will be seeking. After the visit, students post learning to a class blog.

    Students select an insect that they would most like to be in the insect world. Students compose a poem explaining the aspects of the insect, its habitat and daily life that make it so attractive. Students should be prepared to present their poems to classmates.


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  • Capacity.
  • Collaboration.
  • Change.
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