With all of the jars and bags of ladybugs that have been coming to school, we decided we needed to make a ladybug terrarium. This project was planned and created by the students. They gathered dirt, grass, leaves, sticks and of course lots of ladybugs. The terrarium is now in our classroom, providing lots of entertainment and hands on learning. Just ask your child what he/she has learned about ladybugs.
After watching our tiny caterpillars eat and grow and eat and grow, they finally each made their own chrysalis. Then we waited impatiently. This last week, much to the students delight, they emerged. When we released them, some of the butterflies cooperated and perched on students’ hands before flying away!
This week we had two more very special visitors in our classroom. These magpies, like the hawk we saw a few weeks ago, are in rehabilitation with Wild and Cared Free Wildlife Rehabilitation. The children are so fortunate to be able to get up so close to animals they would not normally have a chance to see.
After weeks of patient waiting, the students at last got a chance to watch an egg wiggle and roll as the chick inside tried to free itself, and then see the magical moment when it burst from the egg. Since we did not have a good hatch, Mr. Silversides loaned us some of his chicks for a chance to get acquainted before they are given to the Wildlife Federation to raise and release into the wild. So much excitement!
Earlier this week we had a chance to visit the Art Museum again and see some of the works of Zachari Logan who likes to draw things from nature. One picture in particular was a drawing of himself with his hair made of leaves, animals, flowers, insects and other natural things. With the help of Christy, the students made some lovely rubbings and drawings of themselves with their hair also made up of natural things.
After what seemed like a very long wait, the pheasant eggs arrived for our incubator. For the next 23 days we will stand in for a mother pheasant, keeping the incubator warm and moist and turning the eggs several times each day. The x’s and o’s on the eggs are to help us be sure we turn all of the eggs each time.
On Friday we had two very special visitors in our classroom. This one is Hank, a blind hawk who is in rehabilitation with Wild and Cared Free Wildlife Rehabilitation. One of the students’ mom is a volunteer with this organization and was able to answer some of the many questions the animals elicited from the students. As you can see, we even got to touch the magnificent bird.
We had some special visitors in our school this week! The Earth Rangers taught us a lot about animals who need our help. They also brought some surprise visitors with them!
This past week we participated in four Lego Challenges.
The first challenge was for students to make their name with Lego. There were lots of ways the students chose to do this. You can see all of their tweeted names here.
The second challenge was to create the largest Lego boat possible that would float and not tip over. Testing the boats was the BEST part of this challenge. Again, there are pictures and tweets from all of the students about their creation here.
The next day, Lego Challenge 3 was to design part of the ideal playground. Look closely and you’ll see a urinal. What would a playground be without it?
Lots of fun, cooperation and hands on learning.