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I Saw an Ant on the Railroad Track

I Saw an Ant on the Railroad Track
by Joshua Prince; illustrated by Macky Pamintuan

Jack, a railroad switchman, frantically tries to save an ant who is heading east on a westbound track, straight into the path of an oncoming freight train.


Big Book of BugsBig Book of Bugs by Theresa Greenaway

Text and detailed photographs offer facts about a wide variety of insects, including beetles, wasps, and stick and leaf insects.



Going on a Bug Hunt

(repeat chorus between each verse)
We're going on a bug hunt!
We're going to catch some big ones.
What a sunny day!
Are you ready? OK!

Oh my! A bee!
A black & yellow bee,
Flying over the flowers.

Oh, my! An ant!
A tiny, black ant,
Crawling through the grass.

Oh, my! A grasshopper!
A big, green grasshopper,
Hopping around the tree.
Boing, boing...

Oh, my! A butterfly!
A pretty, orange butterfly,
Floating in the sky.
Whoosh, whoosh...

Oh my! A spider!
A big black spider,
Creeping on the tree.
Creep, creep...



The firefly at night goes blink, blink, blink
Blink, blink, blink, blink, blink, blink
The Firefly at night goes blink, blink, blink
All around the town

The bees in the flowers go buzz, buzz, buzz…
The ants in the grass go march, march, march…
The crickets in the leaves go chirp, chirp, chirp…
The caterpillar in the field goes creep, creep, creep...



Vocabulary Word:

sack: n. a bag

Example:  “I just settled down with my brown lunch sack, napkin spread, lunch unpacked…”

(taken from I Saw an Ant on a Railroad Track by Joshua Prince)



Bugs on a Log —Put cream cheese on celery, and then place raisins on top.  Enjoy eating this healthy snack!

Oil Bee
Need: Newsprint paper, crayons, and cooking oil
Directions: Color a large bee body on newsprint or printer paper. Be sure to color by using heavy strokes and fill in all the spaces. Outline the wings with a dark crayon and then paint in the open space with cooking oil. Press the excess oil off the paper by rubbing it between newspaper. Hold the bee up to the window. The wings are now see-through.

Music Activity
Need: White paper, bumble bee sticker, and a crayon
Directions:  Give each child a black crayon and a 9x12 piece of white paper with a small bumble bee sticker in the corner.  Then play the recording of "The Flight of the Bumblebee” and ask the children to imagine that their crayon is the bee flying on the paper and draw its path.

Tye Dye Butterfly
Need: Muffin tin, food coloring, eye droppers, coffee filter, clothes pin, wiggly eyes, pipe cleaners
Directions: Fill muffin tins with water and food coloring. Let the children use the eye dropper to pick up the colored water (great for small motor skills). Have children release the eyedropper on the filter. Blot, let dry, and then gather all of the filter up into a clothes pin. Make eyes and pipe cleaner antennas and there you go.  You have your butterfly!

Bug Catcher
Need: oatmeal container, glue or tape, screen or netting material, yarn
Directions: Use an oatmeal container with a lid. Cut large "window" in the side and glue or tape screen or netting to inside over the hole. Punch two holes in sides to add the yarn handle.  Be sure to release the bugs once you’ve looked at them through the bug catcher.

Ants in the Sand Snack — Crush graham crackers in a Ziploc bag and put raisins in for a delicious snack.



Hey Little Ant

Hey, Little Ant by Philip M. Hoose

A song in which an ant pleads with the kid who is tempted to squish it.


Bugs Bugs BugsBugs! Bugs! Bugs! by Bob Barner

A nonsense rhyme introduces children to familiar bugs.  The book includes a fun facts section.



Miss Spider's ABC'sMiss Spider’s ABC  by David Kirk

Jumping junebugs, very vivid violets, entertaining earthworms, and other friends of Miss Spider gather to celebrate her birthday.

The Ant and the GrasshopperThe Ant and the Grasshopper
retold and illus. by Amy Lowry Poole
Retells the fable about a colony of  industrious ants which busily prepares for the approaching winter while a grasshopper makes no plans for the cold weather to come.