I like to do cross-curricular lessons, using ideas from other subjects in my classroom. Since I'm in my first year and new to my buildings, I haven't had a ton of feedback for ideas. At the beginning of the year though, I did learn from one of the 4th grade teachers that they do a large unit in science on insects. The students collect insects and they pin them and everything. The kids couldn't stop talking about it. I decided to incorporate this into my room for a fun project.
My students drew insects with pencil, traced with permanent marker, and then added color with watercolor paint. My only requirement was that the insects had all 3 parts and we reviewed those together. The students could definitely tell me more about insects than I knew. Some of them drew actual insects they had collected or had studied while others found it fun to make up their own.
Little did I know that with my first 4th grade class when presenting the idea, I said the word bugs. Oh boy did I get an overwhelming roar of "OHHH Miss Losey said the B-word..." I just had to laugh out loud with all of my students. Then I swore them to secrecy that they wouldn't tell their teacher I said the B-word. I knew they would tell him anyway, and of course they did. I was very cautious the next day when I had my other 4th grade class and avoided the B-word :)
The students loved this project and although I got a lot of cool, creative insects, here are a few of my favorites.