Monday, September 10, 2012

Insects Galore!

I really meant to post last weeks photos and update you on all the fun we have been having in second grade over the weekend, but I was kept entirely too busy eating the most delicious cupcakes at the most amazing parties.  My dear, sweet friend Estelle turned one and another dear friend had the most amazing wedding shower in Portland.  Neither could be missed and neither allowed blogging during the festivities (wink, wink).

Last week we adventured further into our study of insects!  We have a rockin' song that is helping us learn review the parts of an insect each day.  It took this group about 30 seconds to have the parts of an insect memorized and know amazing trivia such as which body part the legs and wings were attached to and how an insects compound eye views the world.  The chorus is very catchy and you may have heard your child humming it around the house.  If not, maybe they will hear you humming it around the house soon!

One of the activities we did last week was grab some entomology tools (magnifying glasses, small plastic cups, terrariums and a digital camera) and head to the school garden to find some insects.  We searched for them on trees, in the flowers, the pumpkin patch and in the greenhouse.  We found several dead insects and collected them to view under magnifying glasses later this week.  Can't wait to check out those magnified compound eyes!

We have also been observing the Vietnamese Stick Bugs we have in our classroom.  If you haven't seen them yet you should come by and take a look at them.  They are amazing!

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