IMG_9119My 2nd graders recently read Plants That Eat Bugs by Liz Ray and it was big hit in Ms. Acuff’s classroom.  I first asked what they knew about plants that eat bugs and the students were pretty sure that plants didn’t eat bug.  Several students thought I was trying to trick them until one student remembered her mom really likes to get plants in the spring and she had seen one that likes flies.

From there the students started coming up with all kind of ideas for plants that eat bugs.  I showed them the cover of the book and then more ideas started coming–anywhere from they get trapped in the roots to they drink special bug juice which kills them.

After a thorough book and vocabulary introduction students were able to read through the book.  They were each given an index card and needed to write down something new they learned from their reading and share it with the group at the end of session.

I heard lots of ooos and aaaahs as students were reading and as I was conferring with students.  When we came back for our group discussion one student became particularly concerned that if plants could eat bugs that perhaps they could eat humans as well.  I wrote their lingering questions down on a post it note and put it in the “lingering questions” column of our learning chart.  Students were able to tape their learning card on the column for learned information.

The next day we did some research on those lingering questions and I was able to play a couple of YouTube videos of the Venus Fly Trap and the water cup plant in action–specifically what happens if a human gets caught by the plant (which the kids found out that a human is much strong and simply just pulls his finger out of the plant and no harm is done.)  We also were able to see a VFT eat a frog and a bird get trapped as well.

On our 4th day of learning I was able to listen to each student read the book and then they were asked to write about the different ways a plant can catch a bug (by snapping shut, by getting the bug to stick to it, and by a bug sliding in.  Snap, Stick, Slide!)

The students were particularly bummed when our study of plants that eat bugs finished.  Perhaps this is just a springboard for further learning since it piqued their interest by a large margin.