Bugs, Bees, & Bears - Oh My!

This will be a double post weekend...I was crazy busy this week and didn't get a chance to update my blog with what we did last week...and I have this week's activities to post too!  As you can probably tell from my pictures that I post, I LOVE getting crafty!  I spent most of my free time this week creating decorations for my friend's son's 2nd birthday.  I'll include pics of that stuff too...just because it's so cute!

Anyway, last week we learned all about the letter B.  I didn't do a theme necessarily this week.  It was just all things B!!  We learned about bugs, bees, bears, beavers and more!  I think the kiddos favorite part of the week was our bug sensory bin.  Here's some pics:

I got all of the "ingredients" for the bug sensory/discovery bin at the Dollar Store!!  I love the Dollar Store for sensory bins!  I bought 4 packs of brown paper shreds, 4 packs of bugs, 2 bug kits and a magnifying glass.  The bug kits were great because they also came with a net and tweezers.  The tweezers were great because they helped make this bin ALSO become a fine motor skill that the kiddos LOVED!
Here's the completed bin.
 
Here are some of my little darlings using the tweezers to pick up the bugs and put them inside the bug collector kit.  I let only 2 students at a time use the bin.
 
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/ABC-Interactive-Alphabet-Notebook-A-to-Z-1470222
Of course, we continued on to letter Bb in our ABC Interactive Notebook.  I haven't done a post about these books all by themselves yet...but that's coming soon. They are AMAZING.  Can't wait to share it all with you.  This page shows our letter sort and sound sort.

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/ABC-Interactive-Alphabet-Notebook-A-to-Z-1470222
This is the inside flap of the uppercase B letter sort.

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/ABC-Interactive-Alphabet-Notebook-A-to-Z-1470222
Here's the page in our interactive notebook where they had to find and stamp the letter Bb. We used a bingo stamper from the Dollar Store.  They also had to rainbow write the letter.
 
This is the uppercase B craft and tracing/writing practice that we did last week.  The wings are made out of parchment paper and we didn't glue them completely down, so they look like they're flying!

This is one of my kiddos working on the lowercase b craft and fine motor activity for the week.  We glued different color and shape buttons to a lowercase b.

I think it came out so cute!
 
This week we also learned about beavers.  We had been learning about different types of homes that people live in.  So when we read about how beavers build their homes, we created a Venn Diagram to compare how people and beavers build their homes.  We went on a scavenger hunt outside to collect our items (except the toothpicks that are representing wood).  People use leaves, mud/dirt, grass, wood and rocks.  Beavers use wood, sticks and mud/dirt.  So, we put mud/dirt and wood in the middle because both beavers and people have that item in common.  It was a GREAT introductory learning activity to Venn Diagrams.  Finding and gluing real items onto the diagram really helped the students to understand what we were trying to learn.
 
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/ABC-Trace-Write-Zoo-Animals-Alphabet-Style-1480579
We also practiced our tracing and writing skills for the letter B.  I didn't take a pic of my kids tracing in action...but still wanted to share what we did to practice the letter.  I just finished turning this into a printable pack too!  It has all letters A to Z with an animal on each page to match the letter.  You can grab your copy by clicking on the picture.  :)
 
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 We also practiced our math skills this week with bears!  We used the bears to learn beginning addition and also to count and build patterns.  This pack will be going in my TpT store as soon as I reach 300 followers and it will be a FREEBIE!!!  I'm at 299 now, so just one more person!  Check soon to get your copy for FREE!  It has tons more pages of counting, patterning, and addition practice! :)

***UPDATE:  It's now available for free here.
 
I hope you've enjoyed reading and looking at what we did to learn all about the Letter B.  We had a week packed with fun learning!  I hope you are able to use some of the ideas with your students. :)
 
Love,
Kristin