Adapted from a learning plan by Pamela Cassel. Science/Language Arts: "Getting Buggy" with David Biedrzycki. School Library Monthly 28, no. 8, May–June 2012, pp. 53–55.
- Inquire, think critically, and gain knowledge (1.1.1–1.1.6; 1.1.9; 1.2.3; 1.2.4; 1.2.6; 1.3.5; 1.4.2; 1.4.4)
- Draw conclusions, make informed decisions, apply knowledge to new situations, and create new knowledge (2.1.1–2.1.4; 2.1.6; 2.3.1)
- Share knowledge and participate ethically and productively as members of our democratic society (3.1.1; 3.1.3; 3.3.4)
- Pursue personal and aesthetic growth (4.1.1; 4.1.2; 4.1.3; 4.1.6; 4.1.8; 4.2.1; 4.3.2; 4.4.1)
- CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.1; RI.2.2; RI.2.3; RI.2.4; RI.2.5; RI.2.6; RI.2.7; RI.2.9; RI.2.10
- CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.2.1; RL.2.4; RL.2.5; RL.2.6; RL.2.10
- CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.2.1; SL.2.2; SL.2.3
- CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.1; RI.3.2; RI.3.3; RI.3.4; RI.3.5; RI.3.6; RI.3.7; RI.3.8; RI.3.9; RI.3.10
- CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3.1; RL.3.3; RL.3.4; RL.3.6; RL.3.7; RL.3.10
- CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.3.1; SL.3.2; SL.3.3
- Ace Lacewing, Bug Detective by David Biedrzycki
- Computer access to online instructional databases and the author's website
- Insect Information Organizer handout
- Pencil, markers, colored pencils, crayons
- Access to books and resources about insects
- All handouts are included in the Student Resources section of the book's website at http://www.abc-clio.com/LibrariesUnlimited/product.aspx?pc=A4367P.
- Document camera, projector, Smartboard, whiteboard
The classroom teacher and the school librarian will co-teach this lesson by dividing the activities in the manner best suited to their strengths as teachers.
The school librarian will read Ace Lacewing, Bad Bugs Are My Business to the class, projecting the illustrations if possible so they can see the many details that have been included and pausing as needed to list insects that are mentioned in the story.
The students are informed that they will become experts in an insect, will be given an Insect Information Organizer handout, and are to choose an insect to research. The co-teachers will guide the students to the appropriate resources and check their handouts as they work. If the notes are complete the students will be given markers, crayons, or colored pencils to create an illustration of their insect.
Students will complete the notes and illustration on the Insect Information Organizer.
The original lesson was a precursor for an author visit by David Biedrzycki by familiarizing the students with his books and incorporating the science lesson. The school librarian may want to investigate the possibility of bringing the author to the school or have a local expert on the subject visit.
Ashley, S. (2011). Incredible Ants. New York, NY: Gareth Stevens.
Ashley, S. (2011). Incredible Grasshoppers. New York, NY: Gareth Stevens.
Ashley, S. (2011). Incredible Ladybugs. New York, NY: Gareth Stevens.
Ashley, S. (2011). Incredible World of Insects. New York, NY: Gareth Stevens.
Biedrzycki, D. (2008). Ace Lacewing: Bug Detective. Watertown, MA: Charlesbridge.
Biedrzycki, D. (2011). Ace Lacewing, Bug Detective: Bad Bugs Are My Business. Watertown, MA: Charlesbridge.
Biedrzycki, D. (2010). Ace Lacewing, Bug Detective: The Big Swat. Watertown, MA: Charlesbridge.
Biedrzycki, D., & Pallotta, J. (2004). The Beetle Alphabet Book. Watertown, MA: Charlesbridge.
Hall, M. (2006). Dragonflies. Mankato, MN: Capstone Press.
Hall, M. (2006). Fireflies. Mankato, MN: Capstone Press.
Hall, M. (2004). Praying Mantises. Mankato, MN: Capstone Press.
Howard, F. (2005). Walkingsticks. Mankato, MN: Capstone Press.
Miller, C. C. (2011). The Creepiest Animals. Mankato, MN: Capstone Press.
Miller, C. C. (2007). Disgusting Bugs. Mankato, MN: Capstone Press.
Pallotta, J., & Biedrzycki, D. (illus.) (2004). The Icky Bug Colors. New York, NY: Scholastic.
Pallotta, J., & Biedrzycki, D. (illus.) (2004). The Icky Bug Numbers. New York, NY: Scholastic.
Sexton, C. A. (2009). Aphids. Minneapolis, MN: Bellweather Media.
David Biedrzycki's blog: http://davidbiedrzycki.com/sandbox/davids-blog/
David Biedrzycki's website: http://www.davidbiedrzycki.com/Its_All_About_Me.html
Everything Insects. Kids Everything series. National Geographic Society, 2015.
Rodriguez, Ana Maria. Vampire Bats, Giant Insects, and Other Mysterious Animals of the Darkest Caves. Extreme Animals in Extreme Environments series. Enslow Publishers, 2012.
This lesson plan is excerpted from The Common Core in Action: Ready-to-Use Lesson Plans for K-6 Librarians by Deborah J. Jesseman. Libraries Unlimited. Copyright © 2015.