We like to delve into a few delight directed studies throughout our year. It’s an easy way to dig a little deeper into things that we might read about in books, as is the case with this Grasshoppers and Crickets study.
We’ve been listening to the audio book of On the Banks of Plum Creek. All throughout the book it talks about grasshoppers invading the prairie, destroying all of the wheat crops, and then the eggs hatching later.
We are also doing an Arthropods unit from The Good and The Beautiful this term and the kids had to choose two insects to study for a unit project. They chose grasshoppers and crickets!
So here are the things that I put together to help my kids learn about these amazing little insects.
Books to Read
We find all of our books at the library. I’ve provided Amazon links (ref) to each one we'll be using for your convenience, as well as the library call number.
Becoming a Grasshopper by Grace Hansen - J595.726 Hansen
Grasshoppers by Ann Heinrichs - J595.726 Heinrichs
Leaping Grasshoppers by Meish Goldish - J595.726 Goldish
Zoom in on Grasshoppers by Melissa Stewart - J595.726 Stewart
Chirping Crickets by Melvin Berger - J595.726 Berger
Crickets by Valerie Bodden - J595.726 Bodden
Crickets by Nikki Bruno Clapper - J595.726 Clapper
I give the kids a coloring page to work on while I’m reading books aloud. I’ve found that it helps them focus on what they’re hearing.
Lots of Grasshopper coloring pages to choose from at Super Coloring
Online Information & Facts
If you’d rather use online reading instead of books, or along with your physical books, here are some great sites that we’ll be referring to throughout our study.
Grasshopper Facts for Kids - Grasshopper diet and habitat
My kids are very visual learners so we watch a lot of videos.
The Grasshopper and the Ant (YouTube)
Worksheets, Lapbooks & Other Printables
Sometimes we will use worksheets, printable puzzles, lapbooks, etc. to review what we have learned. I’ve found quite a few resources for this study, though we won’t be using all that are listed here. I will play it by ear as we go through the study and use only what I think the kids need.
A fill-in-the-blank worksheet on grasshoppers and crickets
Insect Report packet from Super Teacher Worksheets
Cricket Lapbook from Lapbook Lessons
Grasshopper Lapbook from Lapbook Lessons
Art, Crafts & Other Fun Stuff
My kiddos love to draw and be crafty so I like to incorporate something along those lines into everything that we study. It just makes our learning more fun for them and they retain more!
Origami Cricket (I don’t think this looks a thing like a cricket, but it jumps so the kids might get a kick out of it.)
Cricket craft - make a cricket from a toilet paper roll
Grasshopper craft using an egg carton
Grasshopper craft using pipe cleaners
Several different cricket and grasshopper crafts from Artists Helping Children
PreK and K Resources
Though Nerdlet is heading into the 1st grade next year I still try to use a few fun and easy resources to help keep him interested. He’s so easily distracted that I have to keep him entertained in order to keep him seated! These type resources usually do the trick.
First School G is for Grasshopper - lots of learning ideas and printables here
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