Here is a insects literacy center activity to get your students exploring non-fiction books with a free non-fiction insects literacy center activity.
Designed for kindergarten literacy centers so you can have center materials to last all year long.
What is the Non-fiction Literacy Center?
The non-fiction literacy center is all about exploring non-fiction with meaning. Studentsbecome familiar with features of non-fiction through repeated exposure and explore topics they find engaging.
Connecting with non-fiction books is done with a few simple activities and a lot of books.
Read here: How to make the non-fiction center a success.
I’ve created a free download to share this center’s activities with you. It includes organization labels, sorting workmats and ‘pretend laptop’ printables to go with each non-fiction theme and topic.
Each theme or topic is one option for my students to pick from when they visit the non-fiction center. Normally I have a few topics available at a time and can rotate them out throughout the year.
This insects non-fiction book basket is just one example of the topics I made available to my students at this non-fiction literacy center.
I created this non-fiction book basket because I accumulated quite a few insect books and magazines. I was tired of the fact that they were kind of collecting dust since I didn’t regularly put them out in my library literacy center.
How to Make the Literacy Center Activity
Let me break down how to make this non-fiction insect book activity bucket for you.
The materials needed to make this literacy center activity are:
- Insects non-fiction free download (below)
- Non-fiction books about bugs and insects (see my suggestions below)
- Shoe bin or plastic tote/bucket/basket
1. Collect all of the materials you have on hand that relate to all things insects and bugs. Be sure to check the depths of your cupboards, closets (or ransack the bottom of your own kids’ toybox – ha!)
2. Pick a good number of non-fiction books from the ones you’ve collected. Go for a number that isn’t overwhelming to clean up but still offers variety on the topic.
Pick books with concepts appropriate for kindergarten age, good vocabulary, some books with photographs and some with illustrations, or some that feature different non-fiction characteristics like labels, diagrams, etc.
Don’t worry about the reading level. Having only kindergarten-level reading material is definitely not the goal here.
The goal is to connect students with non-fiction books – they already have an innate love for non-fiction. If you can offer a variety of reading levels, that’s a bonus.
Insects non-fiction books for Kindergarten
Looking for some book ideas? Here are some affiliate books on Amazon to help get you thinking about what you might already have on hand in your classroom or titles to keep your eyes out for at your local thrift store and garage sales.
- Insects by Seymour Simon
- Ants (Bugs Bugs Bugs)
- Bumblebees (Bugs Bugs Bugs)
- What’s Inside? Insects
- Icky Bug Alphabet Book
3. Label your books with the mini insect icons.
I’ve got your back. Those are located in your free download.
4. Pick a material that students can manipulate and place onto their sorting work mat. They will be sorting objects into 2 categories: wings and no wings.
I had more than enough manipulatives for this bucket. I had plastic insects, some insect finger puppets, insect crayon rubbing plates and even a couple view master slides I snagged from garage sales!
I will link to some sample affiliate items you could order from amazon like I had (or wished I had), but you could easily just use printed picture cards of insects.
- View-Master | Insect View-Master Reels
- Plastic Insects (I recommend ones from like a dollar store)
- Insect Finger Puppets
- Real Insects Encased
- Crayon Rubbing Plates
You might need a container of some kind to hold all of the sorting pieces. Something like a pencil zipper pocket, a zippered cosmetics bag or something like that. Put an insects label from your free download on the container.
5. Print the sorting workmat so students can manipulate materials and connect to the topic.
6. Print and make a laptop activity to encourage students to focus on letters, sounds and vocabulary. I made two. They will find these words in any of the books you’ve included.
In this case, students will be typing in names of kinds of insects.
You can print off the little I-Spy finder that I included to help students stay on task as they look for insect names in the books they read. This is a fun extension activity. They can even check off what they find if you laminate the finder to use with a dry-erase marker.
7. Optional – you can add a notebook (or the free question template I’ve made) so students can copy words they find, generate questions or bring information they’ve learned to share with the class. I think it’s silly to not invite them to write during a literacy center like this one when you can easily add a notebook for just pennies during back to school sales.
8. Add an insects label onto the binder, or shoe bin or bucket or plastic tote – whatever you’ve got to hold it all together.
Everything inside is pretty much labeled so it can all get returned to this bucket.
It’s a good idea to let students carry the entire bucket to where they will be working. That way they can put it all right back in the bucket when it’s clean up time!
Free Insects Non-fiction Books Activity Set
Grab your free download to print the icons and activity pieces to go with your insects non-fiction books.
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You can make your own non-fiction literacy center with this insect activity set PLUS there are 13 more activity sets included in your free download!
See the Other Non-fiction Activity Sets in Action
- Apples + Pumpkins
- Human Body
- Reptiles + Amphibians
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This center is just one of 15 literacy center ideas for kindergarten that last for the entire year.
More Literacy Centers
- Playdough Makes the Best Word Work Center
- Detective Literacy Center – read and write the room
- Computer Center Reading Made Simple
Get the Non-fiction literacy center activities
14 free non-fiction activity sets with organization pieces included.