Bugs/Insects Math and Literacy Activities

bugs and insect math and literacy activities

We strive to make learning fun, and these adorable critters help us do just that. This Bugs and Insects Math and Literacy pack contains printable activities that practice the following skills:

– Patterning
– Counting
– One-to-one correspondence
– Set recognition
– Size skills
– Measurement
– Number recognition
– Number quantity
– Number order
– Number ordinal concepts
– Graphing
– Classification
– Writing numbers
– Concept of more/less/same
– Visual discrimination
– Beginning letter sounds
– Uppercase letter recognition
– Phonological and phonemic awareness
– Fine motor
– Following directions

MEASURING CARDS (COLOR 8/B&W 8)

bugs and insect math and literacy activities

These measuring cards make for a fantastic measurement (non-standard) learning tool. We use Unifix Cubes, but any small manipulative such as pom poms, vase gems or mini erasers will work. Children will work to see how many cubes long the bugs are. Discuss which are shorter and which are longer, and which bugs are the same length. So many learning concepts here! Print these out on cardstock and laminate for heavy use.


bugs and insect math and literacy activities

NUMBER MATCH-UP PUZZLES (COLOR 8/B&W 8)

Print these cards out on cardstock (laminate for heavy use). Cut the cards in half and have learners match the quantity of bugs/insects to their corresponding numeral.

RHYMING CARDS (COLOR 6/B&W 6)

Children will say the name of each picture and find and cover its rhyming partner. Supply pom poms, plastic bugs, mini erasers or another small manipulative for children to use as markers. Print these cards out on cardstock (laminate for heavy use).


WORKSHEETS (11)

bugs and insects math and literacy activities

With these fun worksheets, pre-kers and kinders will identify and match letters, classify and pattern bugs, segment syllables, use their visual discrimination skills to determine which insects are missing, and so, so much more!

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Favorite Farm Animal Graph

Spring has sprung, and we are deep into our On the Farm Unit. This week, we’ve been busy graphing our favorite farm animals. The children are learning that graphs are a way to organize information; their favorite animals are the information, and the graph is the organizer. Once the graph was completed, I worked with small groups to evaluate the data. We counted how many students liked each animal, and discussed the concept of more/less/same. Looks like it’s the horse for the win!

The clipart used, in this graph, can be found at Clipart Kid.



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Graphing With Jellybeans

Not only is graphing with jellybeans a yummy way to spend some time, it’s also educational; there are so many learning concepts packed into this small activity. Obviously, the main is graphing. But graphing is just the umbrella that covers several mighty and oh-so important math principles. In this particular instance, the children must rely on their color knowlegde to sort and classify the jellybeans. After placing the candy on their graphs, they will use their counting skills (one-to-one correspondence) to count and match the number of beans, in a row, to its corresponding number below.

Hello, number recognition!

Graphing also incorporates the concept of more/less/same. Ask your preschooler/s questions like, “Do you have more red jellybeans or more purple jellybeans – or are they the same?” Children often struggle with the definition of the word ‘less’, so it’s best to emphasize that, “Less means not as many.”

Just a note to add: Many of my fellow teachers ask me about my policy with eating the candy. My own rule is that after the activity is completed, the child may choose ONE special jellybean to enjoy. The rest are bagged up and labeled (by my assistant) and placed in the parent box to take home.

Download the Jellybean Graphing printable here.

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