Grades 1–2 Summer Reading Activities: Incredible Insects

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Welcome to Incredible Insects! We’ll provide five days of reading and learning activities designed to engage your child in an exploration of butterflies, bees, and other bugs.

Reading Monday

It’s Monday, so let’s read about butterflies!


Monarch Mystery

The teacher brought a plant to school. It has an egg on it. Something beautiful is going to happen!

Discuss the book: What kind of plant did the teacher bring to class? What happened when the caterpillar ate the plant? Where do some butterflies go?

Media Tuesday

It’s Tuesday, so let’s watch a video!


Zoom In

Watch the video Zoom In to find out what three kids learn when they observe a small area closely.

Writing Wednesday

It’s Wednesday, so let’s write!


Write about Migrating

Imagine you are a migrating butterfly. What is it like to fly for miles and miles? Write to complete this sentence frame:

I am migrating. I will _____.


More to Read!

For more reading about insects, download Don’t Stomp on That Bug!


Research Thursday

It’s Thursday, so let’s research bugs!


Bug Report

  • Choose an insect or bug to research.
  • Look in nonfiction books or online with an adult to find information.
  • What do they look like? What do they eat? How do they move?
  • Write or tell what you learned about your bug or insect.

Project Friday

It’s Friday, so let’s create!


Use Symmetry

  • Cut a butterfly shape and fold it in half.
  • Paint an orange and black design on one side.
  • Fold your butterfly again. What happens to the paint?
  • Share your monarch and explain why it is symmetrical.



Talk about what you learned about Incredible Insects this week with your friends and family!