Not all the tiny creatures you see creeping and crawling and flying are truly bugs. When somebody says, "Ooh, look at the bug!" he might be pointing at a beetle with six legs, or a spider with eight legs, or a centipede with many legs. Or he might be pointing at a stink bug, which belongs to the only family scientists call bugs. But let's call them all bugs to make it easier.
If you watch a bug as it goes along about its business, you can find out what a bug's world is like. You can see what kind of legs and wings and feelers it has and how they work, and you can hear the noises it makes.
If you wait and watch long enough, you may even see it creep out of the hard, stiff suit of armor that all bugs wear, and walk off in the new and bigger suit that has been growing, all wrinkled, underneath the old one.
If you wait still longer, you might see how a bug's young are born and how they grow up. Perhaps you may even find out who its enemies are.
Bugs are so small that it is hard to imagine they can be strong enough to fight their enemies. But some of them can run or jump quickly, while others can fly away.
A bug may have a sting, to sting its enemies, or strong jaws to bite them. Some bugs can run or jump quickly, while others can fly away. Even so, lots of bugs are killed. But there are always more. There are more bugs in the world than all the people and animals you can think of. That's mostly because bugs are born by the thousands - much faster than their enemies can eat them up.
Bugs do not think about things or make plans as people do. They are born knowing everything they need to know about getting food, and fighting their enemies, and building their houses.
Even a young spider builds its first web perfectly, although it may never have seen another spider web. Its mother does not ever need to show it how. Not even scientists have figured out exactly how a bug knows these things. That is still a bug's secret.
Sometimes people get angry at bugs. Clothes moths' chew up their swimming suits and mittens, cockroaches crawl over dishes in the sink, potato bugs eat holes in potato vines, Japanese beetles ruin the prettiest roses and termites chew wooden stairs in houses.
But bugs are valuable, too. After all, the honey for your waffles comes from bees, and silk for your dresses from silkworms, and the shellac that makes your furniture shine comes from scale bugs.
Even those same termites that tunnel through wooden stairs in our houses, eat old dead wood in other places where it is not wanted and make it part of the earth again. In that way, they save people the trouble of burning or burying lots of rubbish, and they make room for new animals and plants as well.
No bug really intends to be harmful or useful. It just lives its own life. Now you're going to see how some bugs live, what they eat, where they sleep, how long they live, and how they have fun.
285 Pages - $3.95 -> My First Book of Bugs is geared towards younger learners of around ages 4 or 5, to about 8 years old. This simply written but concise book contains teaching guides, lesson plans, interactive student activities, vocabulary and phonics exercises, counting & maths extensions, drawing, cutting & pasting, colouring, crossword puzzles, wordsearches, fun mazes, with activities also geared towards reference and research.
This book provides a fun and solid platform on which your child can build his or her knowledge of these fascinating and many faceted creatures, while learning about the importance of conservation, the food web and circle of life. Extensions include Science & Nature Study, Bug Maths, Motor Skills, Comprehension Exercises, Vocabulary and Bug Games, Life Skills (with the oh-so-cute bug-themed Cooking With Kids section), crafts and activities, finger plays and action songs, colouring, drawing, dictionary work...
The unit is complemented by a 72 Page Thematic Unit (separate download), which includes flash cards, board and card games, writing exercises, word wall cards and other bug themed activities which will enhance your home study of this subject.