Spring has sprung here in Nashville, which means it's time for some fresh Spring projects. Much like Mr. E, I am kind of trying to avoid the traditional O'Keefe flower lesson (though, it is an old favorite). I find that my plastic bug collection has come in handy. Our Kindergarten students are learning about insects/bugs/nature-ish stuff in Science, and since I am trying to incorporate more common core into my lessons, I decided bugs were something we could have a lot of fun with. I handed each student a plastic bug as they walked in, and we talked about similarities and differences between species. We looked at the shapes/lines/colors that made up each bug, and then I demonstrated how to draw a much bigger bug on the paper. Here are some of the drawings my kiddos came up with- not too shabby! As we finished drawing, I gave out sharpies to trace. Students could use any color combination they wished, as long as they colored around the sharpie lines, not over them.