SciWo's Storytime: Bugs

i-9dc84d4d9156dccb30d5f62466b4219a-swblocks.jpgThis week, Minnow and I present "Where do Insects Live?" in the Science Emergent Readers Series, from which we've previously featured a book on oceans.

(Yes, I am using bugs in the colloquial sense and not just to refer to some Hemiptera.There's plenty of time for Minnow to learn those details later. Who knows, she may go on to a career in entomology.)

It's autumn in Mystery State and bugs are getting harder to find, but Minnow and I did see various bugs under a flower pot, ants on our sidewalk, and a spider on her swing set. On a walk with SciGram, Minnow also found a moth warming up on a rock and spotted a praying mantis warming on the sunny side of a neighbor's house.

Minnow working her bug puzzle
After dark, Minnow winds down by working on her insect puzzle. When she first started playing with the puzzle, just after she turned two, she was content to arrange the nine squares any which way. In the last month or two though, she's realized that she can put the squares together to form the bugs. She has also started naming the insects in the picture, but there are a couple of them that we haven't yet identified. Anyone care to help us out?
bug puzzle

For more on bugs, Minnow thinks you will like some of her other favorite books about bugs.

Or you could help 1st grade students learn about the environment (click for cute kid/bug picture) in our DonorsChoose challenge.

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