Technology: Projector for scanned images; Internet to play embedded videos
Audience: Family Storytime (mostly 3-6 year olds)
I wanted to include a non-fiction book for our “Bugs” storytime, and using a portion of Bugs A to Z worked pretty well. This book has a full color photograph of a bug for each letter of the alphabet, plus a couple paragraphs of basic facts. For storytime, I scanned six of the more familiar bugs: Ants/Aphids; Dragonflies; Honeybee; Fireflies; Ladybugs; and Grasshopppers. I first showed the letter (“G is for….”) and asked the kids to guess. This worked best when I gave them really good clues: “It’s green and it hops…” (and if the child I call on doesn’t get it: “It hops on the grass…and it starts with ‘grass…’”).
This all would have worked fine, but to make it even more engaging I added a short Youtube video for three of the six insects. The photo (above) shows the dragonfly’s two sets of wings very nicely. But when you can then show a slow motion video (below) that clearly shows how the wings don’t move in unison, it really comes through well. For the fireflies, the film showed a night sky with fireflies flickering in the distance and the kids had fun spotting them before they quickly disappeared. We ended with the “song” of the grasshopper. In the video you can just see the legs moving against the wings.