Insect Invasion! and another giveaway!

First day back and I am whooped!
but I can still ramble on and on about insects, so be warned!
I must say I was impressed with their behavior today, but I won't count my eggs before they hatch so to say!
I at one point i may have said it was nap free time so they would sleep!
I kid!

So yesterday I wasn't kidding when I said I was a little worker bee over break. I uploaded four new products, began updating my Text Features Guru file to match new CC standards, and my matter unit gets the next update! It's my best seller, but it's also the third thing I ever posted and it's looking a little dated!

But here's what we will be up to beginning next week!
This is my favorite science unit
I know, I know, I say that about every science unit, but it's because they are all great!
I love love teaching science because allowing kids to learn through inquiry means I don't have to do anything and can put my feet up they are learning through real life experience!

So we will be getting FOUR, count em FOUR critters to play with next Monday.
It wasn't exactly supposed to happen that way. We were to get all our insects Monday and our chicken eggs the following Monday, but it is what it is!
The kids are so stinkin excited!
They asked all day, accusing me of lying about getting out cool insects when we got back from break
I politely reminded them I said AFTER break, not the first day after break! Sheesh, you'd think seeing my bright and shiny face would be enough!
Any who-we will use my Mealworms on Parade for our main curriculum this month. The mealworms are our main focus since they can be handled and kept in individual cups.
Note that if you own this file-go and download it again to get the updated file including the powerpoint and updated experiment and lab pages!

We use the chicken eggs for the development part of the life cycle while the insects show us the differences between complete and incomplete metamorphosis.

And here's my newest addition LIFE cycle LITERACY!
I am over the moon about this file!
It can be used as centers, small group, or whole group! Depends on my mood most days!
I wanted to reinforce science vocab while reviewing some ELA skills that definitely need working on!
Each center is common core aligned to first and second grade ELA standards-just keep in mind that Science is NOT a part of the common core-there is no such thing, so don't be fooled! That's why we are trying to integrate ELA and math so much more this year-well, I am at least! 
Here's a peek

above is my personal fav! Matching verbs to the right part of the life cycle plus Krista's gorgeous frames! swoon!

I also added a fun little powerpoint to the Mealworm file, and also separately if you do not actually get mealworms and just want to use them to teach. 
It's a little funny if I do say so myself! I try to keep it light around here!

here's an example slide or two

So since only ONE gal got my favorite fruit correct last night (fyi-it is bananas-I despise most other fruits!), I'll try a giveaway again! Congrats First Grade Carousel 

You can win my Life Cycle Literacy if you pin any item from THIS POST. 
And each file can be a separate entry! 
I will pick a random winner tomorrow evening! 
happy pinning
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  1. OH MY this would be great. My special ed boys found a worm at recess and wanted to keep it at a pet. They also wanted to "get some friends" for him.

    I would love to win this unit. I pinned it into my themes.

    Happy to follow you
    :o) V.
    Special Teacher for Special Kids

  2. I should have copied her and picked bananas! I went with grapes. Oh well! I pinned the Life Cycle Literacy packet. Looks great!


  3. Pinned your files onto my science board. Also, just stopping by as I'm always inspired by your cute creations! I would be honored if you would assist me in my upcoming giveaway. I'm planning to celebrate my birthday month and gaining 200 blog followers! If you're able to contribute, please shoot me an email at with a snapshot of your product and/or your blog button so I can send them over to visit your page as well! Anything you'd wish to offer would be great!
    Antonia @ forkin4th

  4. I pinned it here!

  5. I pinned you under "blogs I love"

    I pinned your mealworm pack under science

    I pinned your lifecycle literacy under science & again under ELAR


  6. I pinned it here: (How are you liking the 'new' pinterest? I can't find the easy 'see link' button...and the window closes right away!)

    It is funny...bananas are my least favorite fruit. If they are even a bit soft, forget it!

    tokyoshoes (at) hotmail (dot) com

  7. Ok, twist my arm about pinning each pack, why don't you? :-)

    Pinned the literacy pack here:

    tokyoshoes (at) hotmail (dot) com

  8. Pinned!! Your class sounds so fun!

  9. I pinned both the Mealworms On Parade and LifeCylcles onto my science board. They look fantastic!
    Hopelessly Devoted to Teaching

  10. Your Life Cycle Literacy looks awesome {and I love your disclosure about no CC Science!} Thanks for the fun giveaway! I pinned it to my School Science Board!

    Lucky to Be in First

  11. LOVE these!! (and pretty much everything you make!)
    Pinned both units :)

  12. I would love the literacy activities to use with my second language learners, and I pinned it to my education board on Pinterest.


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