Westwind Kindergartners Research Insects

By Angela Howard

Kindergarten students at Westwind have been getting “buggy” lately. During their unit on life cycles, these students began to wonder what it would “bee” like to “bee” an insect. So, to find out, they became mini entomologists who participated in a research project. And “hop” to it, they did! There was no “flea-ing” this project.

Names of different insects that students could research were placed in a jar. Each student drew an insect name. Given a rubric to follow in order to know what types of information they were looking for, the digging began. They read books and searched the internet. No stone went unturned.

After finding out many facts about their given insect such as the habitats, predators, life cycle stages, and more, students created a poster or project with all their information. With the help of family members at home, students found pictures to print out, typed up some really big words, painted, drew, wrote, and created. Students had been itching to tell about their projects; and today they got their chance! Today students presented their research projects to the class.

One student created a 3D model of a praying mantis from paper plates and painted it pink. She created a poster with all the required information to present to the class. She attached the model of the praying mantis to her poster using Velcro so she could take it off when she wanted to. After learning that the praying mantis likes to camouflage itself, she decided to paint the back of the poster pink. Now, anytime she removes the praying mantis from the front of the poster, it can easily camouflage itself for safety on the back of the poster.

Some of the creepy crawlers studied included bees, ants, cockroaches, butterflies, moths, praying mantis, June bugs, and so many more.

The kindergarten “wing” will put on a play about insects this Friday at 10:00 in the cafeteria for their families (moms, dads, grandpas, grandmas, “ants”, uncles, etc.). Songs they sing will display their knowledge about what the students have been discovering. One song includes the body parts of an insect – the head, thorax, and abdomen. One song teaches about the movements of insects, in particular the bee. Focusing on the butterfly, the last song teaches about the life cycle stages of an insect – the egg, larvae, and adult. It looks to be quite impressive.

They don’t need any pest control in that wing, those kindergarten students have it all under control! They know everything they need to know about insects.