Kindergarten Bug Puppets

Grade Level: Kindergarten

Lesson Developer: Alexandra Henderson

Lesson Plan Title: Kindergarten Bug Puppets

Concept / Topic To Teach: Teach about wildlife in Arizona

Standards Addressed:K.MD.2. Directly compare two objects with a measurable attribute in common, to see which object has “more of”/“less of” the attribute, and describe the difference. For example, directly compare the heights of two children and describe one child as taller/shorterPO 2:  Explore a variety of information sources. PO 1.  Identify some plants and animals that exist in the local environment. PO 2.  Identify that plants and animals need the following to grow and survive: food, water,  air,  space, PO 3.  Describe changes observed in a small system (e.g., ant farm, plant terrarium, aquarium).

General Goal(s): teaches children about different animals that live in the desert and makes it more fun to learn about them

Specific Objectives: Teach the children about the wildlife around them. Also practice color, shape and some math skills.

Required Materials: Felt material, googley eyes, pipes, scissors, glue, Construction paper, glitter, computers

Anticipatory Set (Lead-In): On he first day, I will introduce the students to what is in the desert and some facts about the desert it's self.I will assign different animals to different students. Then I will have to make up some questions that the children will have to look up in the library. Then one the second day I will have the either a guest speaker come in or have the children take a field trip into the desert to learn about the animals they have been assigned. Then I will have the students draw the animal they were assigned, along with the name of the animal and a fun fact about the animal. I will compile them in a book and have it avaiable for the class to see. Then finally we will make puppets of what our animals look like. Then we will hold a puppet show. 

Step-By-Step Procedures:After the children do all there research, they should each be provided with a picture of what their animal looks like. Then they wiil chose the fabric that matches their animal's overall color. You might have to help glue things on, but other wise let them have free reign over this project. 

Plan For Independent Practice: Students can come up one at a time and take about 1 thing they learned about their insect. 

- Closure (Reflect Anticipatory Set): The children will learn more about their environment and will also gain a newfound respect for it. I also expect to have  the children become more interested in new experiances and to have more children to show there creative sides as well. 

- Assessment Based On Objectives: Students will be assessed by how much they know about the insects they are assigned and how much the puppets look like the real thing.

- Adaptations (For Students With Learning Disabilities): the children might just have to draw a picture of what the insect looks like or just have to be closely supervised.

- Extensions (For Gifted Students): Children can also write up a little about the insect and describe where it lives and what it eats and such.

- Possible Connections To Other Subjects: Connects science, art, math, and reading.