I'm also linking up for one of my favorite little parties...
1. This week, my class and I went out into the field to study a few habitats around our school. We're so lucky to have a nature trail on campus, that also has a creek running through it. We have an enclosed courtyard with a pond, trees, flowers, tons of turtles and snails, and fantastic opportunities for learning!
2. I had some students bring in some friends for us to study...first came the tadpoles in several different stages of development. I was super-excited to see some tiny ones, some larger, some with back legs, some with all four, froglets with little tails, and one guy (on the green glass bead) who is so close to losing his tail, I'll bet it's gone Monday!
Next came this tiny hatchling painted turtle. A former student's mom found it near her home, and knew I had an adult as a class pet. So, she sent in this baby for us to see. It is no bigger than a quarter, y'all, and my "mama" one's shell is about six inches long! After calling PetSmart, and the local wildlife rehabilitation and conservation group, and having the baby checked out by an expert, it was decided that I get to keep it until it's ready to be released into its natural habitat. YEAH!!!
3. On the way into school Friday, my daughters spotted this lovely guy, and I knew I had to catch him to show him off, too. I ran in, grabbed an insect container, took a VERY deep breath (I hate spiders), and clapped the container against the wall, slid it toward the awaiting lid, and finally breathed again when I had the lid on tight! He's a wolf spider, and he got released right after school...eeewww! Next week, we will send home our insect project assignment, though, and I knew this guy was the perfect example of what NOT to bring...you know eight legs vs. six, and all! In case you missed that, you can grab it here - it's a FREEBIE!
Over by the creek, we found lots of interesting worms, insects, plants, a squirrel in his nest, and a robin. Too FUN!
4. I finished the first part of my huge animal unit just in time to dig in to the habitats. It's full of graphic organizers, field journal pages, and questions for really getting kids thinking about the importance of maintaining our natural habitats, how animals and plants are interdependent, and how habitats support the living things within.
5. Finally, I have been watching Megan's video tutorials at
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