We explored insects through many different activities: modelling with play-doh, drawing, reading, looking at real models and photographs, and watching a video. The children have developed a strong understanding of the structure and parts of an insect.
We made arachnids with plasticine after holding live ones (scorpion, tarantula) and examining photos and drawings. Even with these experiences, it is difficult for the children to replace their mental images which are often based on inaccurate drawings and representations. Their first attempts were often incorrect.
Looking carefully at diagrams helped the children correct their models.
The class worked in groups to research bees and learned how to complete a research web.
During research workshop the children gather facts about the creatures that interest them and share with the class.
Some children have brought examples of their own home inquiry to share with the class. One student made her own model of the wax cells in a beehive. Another has a worm “farm” at home.
On Friday, each student received a painted lady larvae (caterpillar) to observe over the next month. These will eventually turn into Painted lady butterflies.