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Some Bugs

Wenzel, Brendan (Illustrator)
Simon & Schuster 2014. 32 pages
First published: 2014
ISBN: 9781442458802 (hardcover)
9781442458819 (e-book)
Original language: English
Book type: Non-Fiction

Text Elements:

setting

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL Intensive & Enriched
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

This book about bugs is a beauty: the language uses strong rhythms and rich vocabulary to encourage a closer look at the insect world. “STINGING, BITING, STINKING, FIGHTING . . . BUILDING, MAKING, HUNTING, TAKING—bugs are oh-so fascinating!”

Stunning images use painting, drawing and collage effects to create a garden world full of animal life. In one spread, readers look down through towering flowers: “Some bugs FLUTTER. Some bugs CRAWL.” In the next, a ground-level perspective shows mushrooms, fallen leaves and a fungus-bearing log, as bugs seek protection from a hungry raccoon, “Some bugs curl up in a BALL.”

Expressive goggle-eyes personalize the bugs for young readers’ enjoyment. But the insects are otherwise recognizably depicted—although children may doubt that some of these special-looking creatures really exist. In which case, confirmation is available from the final spread: an illustrated index of all the bug species in the book.

  •  Work in small groups to create a survey question about bugs, such as “Do you like bugs?” or “Which bug do you prefer?” Survey your classmates and share the results with the class.
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    Explore the schoolyard or brainstorm for types of insects in your neighbourhood. As you read, sort them by the descriptors in the book, such as crawl, fly and bite.

  •  Play charades with some of the many action words in the book.
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    Invent your own bug. Draw a diagram of it and describe what it does.

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    Do a picture walk to discuss the insects, actions, flora and settings.

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    With a partner, think of a way to organize the action verbs to help clarify their meanings.

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    Explore the schoolyard or brainstorm for types of insects in your neighbourhood. Take photos, research the bug and add labels. Sort them by the descriptors in the book, such as crawl, fly and bite.

  • To communicate appropriately
  • Environmental Awareness and Consumer Rights and Responsibilities
  • Science and Technology