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Thursday, April 8, 2010


April Fun

No Fooling
Do you know how April Fool's Day started? Long ago, some places celebrated the new year on April the first. Later the calendar was changed to the new year on January the first. Some people did not realize that January the first was the start of the new year. The people who celebrated on the old date were called April Fools. As you know, today we celebrate the day by playing pranks on people. I just thought you would like to know.
Art ~ Spring Scenes
small containers - I used empty milk cartons
liquid starch
tempera paint in spring colors
large wooden spoon
In your small containers, mix together the sand, liquid starch, and water. You want an even consistency that will spread easily.
You may want to use one cup each of water and starch and two cups of sand. Divide the mixture among several small containers. Add some poster or tempera paint to each container. Have the children draw a spring picture with their crayons. Some suggestions are kites flying, birds, pretty flowers and so forth. Now have the children paint over their crayon design with the sand mixture.
Buggy Bugs
You may want to remind the children that insects have six legs and three main body parts. You do not need to tell them that this art project reinforces some science.
pipe cleaners
Each child will need a ball of clay. If you use long pipe cleaners, cut them in half. Give each child six short pipe cleaners. Have the children roll their clay into three body parts. They will use the toothpicks to hold the body parts together. Have the children bend the pipe cleaners to look like legs. Have them place three on one side of their insect and three on the other side. Save the insects for a creative writing activity.
April the first is Census Day. Compare a census to a poll. Explain to students that a census is a poll that is taken every ten years. It helps the government know how many people are in a section of the city, county, or country. Have the children take a class or family poll. Here are a few suggestions: take a poll of all the different pets that the students own, take a poll of favorite vegetables, colors, birthdays in each of the months.
January February March April May
4 1 3 9 2

Math Journal
Upper Elementary
1.MaryBeth saw 13 ladybugs. Each ladybug had 5 spots. How many ladybug spots did MaryBeth see in all?
2. Izzy saw 3 butterflies on each of her 11 flowers. How many butterflies did Izzy see?
3. Katie found 12 insects. As you know, an insect has 6 legs. How many insect legs did Katie have?
Lower Elementary
1. Kristin caught 12 lightning bugs on Friday and 9 on Saturday. How many lightning bugs did Kristin have?
2. Kyira found a bird nest with 3 eggs in it. Another nest had 2 eggs. The next nest had 3 eggs in it. How many eggs did she find?

3. Haley saw 4 caterpillars on one twig. She saw 7 caterpillars on another twig. How many caterpillars did she see in all?

Language Arts
Hans Christian Andersen was born on April 2, 1805 in Denmark. He is best known for his fairy tales. Some of his fairy tales are "The Emperor's New Clothes" and "The Ugly Duckling." Have students discuss what makes a good fairy tale. Discuss the plot, the characters, and was there a moral meaning. Have students pick their favorite fairy tale. Allow them the opportunity of writing a new ending to the fairy tale. Make a class fairy tale book. Older students may want to share their fairy tale with younger students. When my third graders did this project, they shared their new fairy tales with the kindergarten class. I am not sure which class enjoyed it the most.

International Children's Book Day is April 2.
Each child's favorite book
Poster board or large construction paper
Markers and crayons
Have your students make an advertisement of their favorite book. Instruct them to make the advertisement so appealing that everyone will want to read their book. They may want to draw their favorite scene, their favorite character, the funniest part, the scariest part, etc.
Feeling like a bug
Have your students look at the following sayings. Allow them to illustrate the saying as it sounds. Then discuss with them the real meaning of the saying.
1. Snug as a bug in the rug (comfortable). 2. Butterflies in my stomach (nervous). 3. Busy as a bee. (busy hard worker) 4. A butterfly patch (adhesive bandage placed on a wound). 5. Mad as a hornet. (very angry) 6. A bee in your bonnet. (a real attitude) 7. Ants in your pants (jittery, can not sit still)
It's All In A Name
This activity could go under science or language arts. Have your students look at the following insect names. Permit them the opportunity to illustrate what they think the insect would look like, based on its name. Next, you will provide encyclopedias for your students. Have them look up each insect. Compare and contrast the difference in their drawing and the actual picture of the insect.
robber fly, walking stick, tiger moth, gypsy moth, monarch butterfly, cabbage butterfly, carpenter beetle, yellow jacket, and carpet beetle.

Daily Language
Have your children copy the following sentences. Then allow them to take a red crayon and circle the mistakes. Next, they will write the sentence in the correct form.
1. a insect got six legs
2. a bee stinged cassie
3. can you catch a fly
4. a spider ain't no insect
5. noah catched too bugs
Creative Writing
1. Write a story about the bug you made. Some of the things that you might want to mention is: what does it eat, what does it do for fun, where does it sleep.
2. Pretend that you are a beautiful caterpillar. Write a story about your winter in a cocoon.
3. Remember the movie about the scientist shrinking his kids. Pretend that one day you were small enough to ride on an ant's back.
4. You are a bee. You just stung your first person. How do you feel?
5. Pretend that you have just discover a new insect. What will you name it? Why?

Write the following titles on a separate sheet of paper. Harmful Insects, Helpful Insects. Have your students find five harmful insects and five helpful insects. Next, they will write why that insect is consider helpful or harmful. For example, if they chose a honeybee, they could tell about it producing honey. On the other hand, they could choose a moth and write about them eating clothes and other materials.
Bug Parts
straight pins
Using straight pins, attach your grasshopper to your sheet of cardboard. Now you will label the antennae, head, thorax, and the abdomen.


  1. Very nice,what do you do with them and how do you make them

  2. Hi Debi,

    I'm a fellow member of Mark's Sew Free group; that's where I got the link to your blog.

    These cards are really cute. Do you just print them out, or do you have to do something else to them?


    P.S. What does Copic mean?