What a Bee or Butterfly Sees

Why

If you could shrink yourself to the size of a bug, what would you see? Imagine how HUGE your shoes look to a tiny creature!


Steps

1. "Hey, I was heading for that flower. I hope you’re not going to pick it," said the bee. Do you ever imagine what a flying insect’s life is like, drinking nectar from fruit tree blossoms? Do their wings get tired? Does wet weather get on their nerves? Picture a bug’s perspective on life to help you figure out any insects’ strengths and weaknesses.


2. With bright Crayola® Markers, illustrate how you imagine an insect sees the world. Get down on your hands and knees to do some on-the-spot research. Draw everything to scale, such as your foot or a plant. Use Crayola Twistables Colored Pencils to add details and textures.


3. Compare your drawings with other students. Which ones are most accurately to scale?


Safety Guidelines

Adult supervision is required for any arts & crafts project. Observe children closely and intervene as necessary to prevent potential safety problems and ensure appropriate use of arts and crafts materials. Some craft items, particularly beads and buttons, are potential choking hazards for young children. Avoid use of such small parts with children younger than 3 years. Craft items such as scissors, push pins and chenille sticks may have sharp points or edges. Avoid use of materials with sharp points by children younger than 4 years. Read all manufacturers' safety warnings before using arts and craft supplies.

Adaptations

  • After researching insect life cycles, list the pros and cons of insect life. Compare different insects, such as the fruit fly with its brief life, and the cockroach, with its ability to survive nuclear disaster. Choose an insect that you would most like to be and describe why.
  • Visit a natural science museum. Focus on insect displays and exhibits that help you understand them, such as looking through the many-sided eyes of a housefly.
  • Assessment: Evaluate the accuracy of the scale and detail in each drawing.

Related Lesson Plans

Lesson Plans

Share on Facebook

Supplies

crayola supplies
  • Twistables® Colored Pencils
  • Markers
  • Construction Paper

Overview

grades

  • Grades 1 to 3
  • Grades 4 to 6

subjects

  • Language Arts
  • Science
  • Visual Arts

time

  • Less than 1/2 hour
  • Multiple Sessions

benefits

  • Students recognize the different perspectives of diverse small creatures, particularly flying insects, and their habitats.

  • Students expand their knowledge about insects, scale, and perspective.

  • Students describe their ideas graphically in a drawing that shows a realistic scale.

Cirriculum

Research Canada Standards
Research UK Standards
Research U.S. Standards