Learning Plans & Activities
All Bugs (Grade Kindergarten)


  • Inquire, think critically, and gain knowledge. (AASL 1)
  • Draw conclusions, make informed decisions, apply knowledge to new situations, and create new knowledge. (AASL 2)
  • With prompting and support, describe the relationship between illustrations and the text in which they appear (e.g., what person, place, thing, or idea in the text an illustration depicts). (CCSS 6)
  • With prompting and support, identify the main topic and retell key details of a text. (CCSS 7)
  • Use a variety of sources to gather information (e.g., informational books, pictures, charts, indexes, videos, television programs, guest speakers, Internet, own observation). (McREL 1)
  • Use meaning clues (e.g., pictures, captions, illustrations, title, cover, headings, story structure, story topic) to aid comprehension and make predictions about content (e.g., action, events, character's behavior). (McREL 2)


  • Students will be able to recognize nonfiction or informational books.
  • Students will discover and illustrate a fact for each bug.


1. The science teacher introduces the bee and butterfly research by discussing and showing illustrations of both bees and butterflies on flowers or in a similar setting.

2. The school librarian discusses nonfiction and presents simple bee and butterfly nonfiction.

3. Students find and then discuss one bee and butterfly fact from the pictures or simple text. They illustrate one newly found fact in bug fact blank boxes.

4. With guidance of both teachers, students color the flower garden and the bugs and cut out the combination of each bug with their attached fact box. The dotted lines in the garden should be cut before, so that students can put their bugs back into the garden at the dotted lines.

Teaching Team

Science and school librarian teachers.

Suggested Sources

Frisch, Aaron. Bees. Mankato, MN: Creative Education, 2015.

Frisch, Aaron. Butterflies. Mankato, MN: Creative Education, 2015.

Gray, Rita. Flowers Are Calling. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015.

Hansen, Grace. Bees. Mankato, MN: ABDO Kids, 2015.

Hansen, Grace. Butterflies. Mankato, MN: ABDO Kids, 2015.

Thorp, Claire. All about Flowers. Chicago, IL: Heinemann, 2015.

Additional Suggestions from SLC

Barton, Bethany. Give Bees a Chance. Viking Children's Books (Penguin Young Readers Group), 2017.

Hansen, Grace. Insectos series. ABDO, 2015. (especially Abejas and Mariposas.)

Herrington, Lisa M. Rookie Read-About Science—It's a Good Thing series. Children's Press (Scholastic Library Publishing), 2014. (especially It's a Good Thing There Are Bees and It's a Good Thing There Are Butterflies.)

This lesson plan is excerpted from Standards-Based Lesson Plans for the Busy Elementary School Librarian by Joyce Keeling. Libraries Unlimited. Copyright © 2017.

Standards-Based Lesson Plans Standards-Based Lesson Plans for the Busy Elementary School Librarian by Joyce Keeling is available at Libraries Unlimited

Joyce Keeling

MLA Citation Keeling, Joyce. "All Bugs (Grade Kindergarten)." School Library Connection, January 2017, schoollibraryconnection.com/Home/Display/2079650?topicCenterId=2158551.

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