Bugs beware the kids are here

Sheltering in the garage

We all need a safe place to keep warm and dry.
We all need a safe place to keep warm and dry.

Oakley House Gr 3 kids descended on my garden to learn about insects and other small animals that live there. The weather looked threatening so I set up the classroom in my garage. We started thinking about the different spaces in our home where we live and do different things. Animals also need a safe habitat to live in and keep their babies protected from rain and cold and predators.

Drawing a birds eye view of home was challenging and made everybody really think hard.

Everybody wanted to see the leafy habitat in the bottle where the spider was trying to hide.



Finding other habitats

looking for places where animals might be living
looking for places where animals might be living

Before break we spent some time looking for other places where animals might be living. Children were reminded that if animals live under a log or a stone that we need to respect that home and carefully replace the ‘roof’ where we found it.

Of course, it is much more fun finding animals than drawing habitats and the kids were itching to get their hands dirty and in the soil.

You have so many different animals……..

Animals living among the pot plants
Animals living among the pot plants

After break everybody streamed into the garden with their leafy box habitat ready to receive what ever they could find. They looked under logs and stones, lifted pots and scratched in the soil. Some wise creatures retreated between the leaves of their spiky plant home and could not be retrieved.

They were astounded to hear that if they looked in their gardens they would also find a range of different creatures.

Ahhh!!!!!! A spider!

Wow ! look how big that spider is.
Wow ! look how big that spider is.

Large orb spiders provided great excitement and a bit of horror. Luckily the webs were out of reach because I know somebody would have grabbed it to put in their habitat box despite having been told to leave the spiders and centipedes alone.

Magnifying the animals

The outing finishes with the microscope session. I demonstrated how big my finger looks magnified 32 x . They were repulsed when I twisted a piece of skin on the side of my finger with a pair of sharp tweezers

“……..just biting my nails!” I informed them. Hopefully, that might discourage some nail biters.

I showed them one hair and how you need 10 hairs lying together to make 1mm. At the maximum magnification, the screen can show 3.5 mm which is really huge.Millipedes, woodlice, bees, beetles and cockcroaches look really frightening on the big screen and I certainly am glad we don’t live in the era when bugs were far bigger than they are now.

I look forward to hearing what these kids say about their experiences when they get back to school on Monday.

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