Biodiversity in the garden

Sweet Valley Gr 2 classes walked from the school to my home in Meadowridge for a morning of exploring biodiversity in the garden.

We all need a home and a habitat

We started off thinking about our own homes, the habitats we create and live in with our families. Animals and plants also live in a habitat and have the same basic needs – food, water, shelter, protection and to survive and grow up to find a mate. We looked at the environment in the front garden and saw the variety of habitats where animals can live. It was hard choosing only one to draw.

Look what a beautiful pond I have and the variety of animals that live there
Look what a beautiful pond I have and the variety of animals that live there

 

Plants provide places for animals to hide from predators.

Armed with an empty jar or ice cream container, each child set off eagerly to search for animals. Animals scurried in all directions as soon as a pot or log was lifted and quick fingers darted out to nab whatever they could. Some children are really good at catching bugs and become totally absorbed in the process. Sadly, there are some children who have never touched an insect or an earthworm and are unwilling or too scared to even try. The fun of finding bugs is infectious and most children overcome their wariness and join in.

Children looking for bugs
Snails and slugs like to hide under the sense canopy of leaves in the pansy plantations

 

Black and white rose beetles simply cannot resist these old fashioned dusky pink roses
Black and white rose beetles simply cannot resist these old fashioned dusky pink roses

Recording the animals that we found

Everybody loves drawing with chalk
Paving stones are a great place to do chalk drawings of what we have seen……..much more fun than drawing with a pencil on paper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mrs Charles, their teacher was inspired by what we found and enjoyed using the chalk as well.
Mrs Charles, their teacher was inspired by what we found and enjoyed using the chalk as well.

 

What a wonderful way to spend a morning………. sharing the wonders of my garden with children.
Thanks Gr 2’s

I know one child really enjoyed the morning in my garden
I know one child really enjoyed the morning in my garden

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