As promised, I’ll be trying to bring you more reviews that are for children – whether they be homeschool related or not. This one falls perfectly into both categories! Bugging Around: Insects is a fun, well-written student workbook that would interest any student that likes bugs.
Here’s a bit from the publisher:
Bugging Around: Insects is the perfect educational companion for a backyard bug safari, teaching kids all about the wild things they’ll find in their community! Filled with activities and games they’ll complete before, during, and after their adventure.This student workbook is filled with 50 pages of information, games, activities, and exercises for a student to complete and keep. Some of the things your student will learn in Bugging Around: Insects
- How to classify types of bugs
- Insect Lifecycles
- How to capture and identify local bugs
- Food webs
All KidQuest Science Adventure books are designed to be multi-faceted learning tools that accommodate all learning styles. In Bugging Around: Insects your child will read, write, draw, observe, and do!
I used this book initially with Lauren (2nd grade) and Addie (preschool) but my older two daughters (6th & 8th grade) soon took over, as they all really enjoyed the format and material. Each page is arranged in an eye-catching and interesting way, containing tons (tons!) of information about bugs. Honestly, it’s arranged in one of the most unique ways I’ve ever seen in a workbook. I’m going to include a lot of photos, because this book is so unique. It’s printed in landscape format, rather than the traditional portrait. I love this! It really opens up each page for lots of graphics. Here are some images of the inside of the book, to get a better idea of what I’m talking about:
Clearly written lesson pages in the Before You Go section:
Lots of spaces for students to write or draw in their own examples in the Before You Go and Field Research sections. There are a few Pest Profile pages, for your student to track what kinds of insects they capture. Mine brought me a whole jar full of little crawly things. shudder. I didn’t scream, though. That’s good, right?
The Back At The Lab section sums everything up with a word ‘crawl’ loaded with all those new vocabulary words, pages about the food web – including an exercise for students to figure out how a bee and a bison are in the same web. There is also space for summarizing what was learned.
Overall, Bugging Around:Insects is an excellent book for elementary age students. I can see young boys really loving this book, even if they aren’t homeschooled. This book, paired with a bug observation kit and a butterfly net? Instant spring and summer fun! If you are a homeschooler, this book could easily fill a semester when filled in with some resource and reading books.
KidQuest Science Adventures also has a book written for your next trip to the zoo. Wild At The Zoo is available in a few different formats. I encourage you to check it out before your next zoo field trip!
And now the best part? I have a copy of Bugging Around: Insects to give away to one reader! To enter, just leave me a comment telling me if you love or hate insects. Do they make your skin crawl? Or do you like watching them scurry around? I am not an insect kinda gal. That’s why resources like this are invaluable to me because my girls love all things that crawl.
This giveaway will end on September 30 at 10pm and winner will be chosen at random. Winner will be notified by email within 48 hours of giveaway ending.