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Elementary Experiences-Mrs. Jennifer Bentley

Friday, 10 June, 2016 - 12:40 pm

 From the Desk of Mrs. Bentley

In Kindergarten we have been learning about life cycles and observing some of Hashem’s creatures. At our Science Station we have a gel ant farm so the students can observe these magnificent creatures as they dig their tunnels and work together as a community. They really are amazing to watch! We also had ladybug larvae. The students were able to watch the ladybugs go through the stages from the larva, to the pupa, and then the adult. Within 10 days the ladybug larvae attached themselves inside the walls of the dome and began the “pupal” stage of their lives. Then, a week later, the adult ladybugs emerged. We noticed that they were pale at first and did not have their spots. I takes about 12 hours for their spots to appear and their color to darken. We learned many fascinating facts about ladybugs such as they can be white, yellow, pink, orange, red and black. Also, ladybugs can be found on every continent except Antarctica.

Along with  observing these creatures, we have been doing many fun Science projects and writings pertaining to our studies of these creatures. We have created an art project portraying the life cycle of the butterfly. We have also done journal writings describing the stages using sequential order and created our own butterfly books. The students have carefully observed each stage of the butterfly. When the caterpillars first arrived they were so tiny. The students watched them eat the lore and grow into giant caterpillars. They then went into their “J’s” and hung from the lid of the jar as they went into their chrysalides. We then moved them into the net and waited patiently for them to transform into beautiful butterflies. After observing the butterflies eat and allowing their wings to harden so they are able to fly, we set them free in our garden. It was such a joyous moment for all of us! The students were so thrilled to see “their” butterflies out in the real world. It really was a beautiful moment and the students learned so much throughout the whole process.


 

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