Are you working on preparing a dragonfly themed lesson plan for your kindergarten age children? If so, don’t forget to throw a few books about the insect into the mix. Here’s a quick rundown on several that you may find beneficial:
“Are You a Dragonfly?”
Judy Allen’s book “Are You a Dragonfly?” would make an excellent opener to a dragonfly focused lesson plan. It introduces just enough information about the insect to pique a child’s interest. I’d suggest pairing it with Susie Caldwell Rinehart’s book “Eliza and the Dragonfly.” Its storyline focuses on a child that learns to appreciate the insect for what it is.
“The Life Cycle of a Dragonfly”
JoAnn Early Macken’s “The Life Cycle of a Dragonfly” is another book to consider. As the book’s title indicates, it will give the children an overview of the insect’s life cycle. Full-color photographs are included as well. Thus, it would be perfect to read right before a science related activity. I’d suggest pairing it with Heather Lynn Miller’s book “This is Your Life Cycle.” Her book covers similar material and is just downright giggle worthy.
“Stokes Beginner’s Guide to Dragonflies”
Blair Nikula’s book “Stokes Beginner’s Guide to Dragonflies” certainly has classroom appeal as well. I thought that the large photos were wonderful. The book also contains a decent amount of information about various dragonflies that could be incorporated into a child’s lessons. It could feasibly be paired with Cheryl Coughlan’s book “Dragonflies.” It contains nice photos too. In combination, the two books should give the children a basic awareness of various species.
“World of Insects: Dragonflies”
Emily K. Green’s book “World of Insects: Dragonflies” is also worthy of a look. In my opinion, it may be used to teach the children about a dragonfly’s physical characteristics and capabilities. The children should also appreciate the interesting facts contained within the text.
If you want to teach your children about dragonflies and cultural diversity, I’d recommend picking up a copy of Kristina Rodanas’ book “Dragonfly’s Tale.” Its storyline focuses on the retelling of an indigenous legend. Personally, I found the author’s handling of the subject matter appropriate and the illustrations were beautiful. You may want to consider pairing it with Yolanda Cullagh’s book “Sabrina the Beach Fly” just for fun. Its storyline focuses on a dragonfly with social aspirations.
“Over the Steamy Swamp”
Although the storyline doesn’t entirely focus on dragonflies, I still found Paul Geraghty’s book “Over the Steamy Swamp” worthy of inclusion too. What I found valuable about the book was the author’s measured portrayal of the circle of life. It shows how different creatures, including the dragonfly, look at one another as food. The illustrations were nicely done and age appropriate as well. As such, I would suggest using the book as a stepping off point for discussions about the dragonfly’s place within the food chain.