Bugs Storytime Lesson Plan

Bugs Storytime Lesson Plan 

Some Bugs by Angela DiTerlizzi & Brendan Wenzel, Beach Lane Books, 2014
I Love Bugs by Emma Dodd, Holiday House, 2010
Bugs, Bugs, Bugs! by Bob Barner, Chronicle Books, 1999
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, Scholastic, 1994
Bugs Galore, by Peter Stein, Candlewick Books, 2013
Beetle Bop by Denise Fleming, Harcourt Children’s Books, 1997
Pest Fest by Julia Durango, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2007
The Bugliest Bug by Carol Diggory Shields, Candlewick Press, 2002
Bug Dance by Stuart J. Murphy, HarperCollins, 2002
Over in the Garden by Jennifer Ward, Northland Publishing, 2002
Diary of a Fly by Doreen Cronin, HarperCollins, 2013 (reprint)
The Big Bug Ball by Dee Lillegard, Troll Associates, 1999
Butterfly, Butterfly by Petr Horacek, Candlewick Press, 2007
Ten Little Caterpillars by Bill Martin Jr. and Lois Ehlert, Beach Lane Books, 2011
Are You a Butterfly? by Judy Allen and Tudor Humphries, Kingfisher Books, 2003 (reprint)
Step Gently Out by Helen Frost and Rick Lieder, Candlewick Press, 2012

Ants go Marching –100 Sing-Along Songs for Kids CD
Insects All Around
Can You Move With Me  
Bumblebee (Buzz Buzz)—Laurie Berkner’s Under a Shady Tree CD

Fingerplays/Action Rhymes
Itsy Bitsy Spider
Roly Poly Caterpillar

Art Project
Egg carton caterpillars
Bead caterpillars

Every Child Ready to Read Skills/Practices
Sing—children sing along with songs during storytime
Talk—ask the children about some of the bugs in Some Bugs—have they seen any? How do they move? etc
Read—ask the children to read the numbers aloud with you in Over in the Garden, or  repeat “still hungry” in Very Hungry Caterpillar, underlining words with your finger
Write— children write names on their craft projects
Play—children can practice wiggling like a worm, hopping like a grasshopper, etc during stories or during Can You Move With Me

Possible Asides to Parents & Caregivers

Reading books with novel words and learning to describe things in different ways helps build vocabulary.

Pointing out letters or words on a page, and asking children to say words with you, helps them understand that printed words and letters correspond to what they hear.

Singing familiar songs helps children build awareness of the sounds that make up larger words.

Minnesota Early Childhood Indicators of Progress

Domain: Language, Literacy and Communications:

Language comprehension

Artistic expression and interpretation

Vocabulary and syntax

Shape and picture recognition and interpretation

Motivation, engagement

Letter recognition

Concepts of print

Comprehension of narrative text

Storytime Implemented

Storytime for 3 to 5 year olds

Introduction: Letter of the day is “B” (Bug, Buzz, Bee, Butterfly)

Book: I Love Bugs (Dodd)

Song: Can You Move With Me

Book: The Very Hungry Caterpillar (Carle)

Action Rhyme: Roly Poly Caterpillar

Book: Some Bugs (DiTerlizzi)

Song: Bumblebee (Buzz Buzz)

Craft: Egg carton caterpillars

Further Resources

Every Child Ready to Read

Minnesota Early Childhood Indicators of Progress


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