Just a few new things built for my class. As always they did as much as possible. This was the other side of the burrow complex we made for the ‘Earth’ unit and this was for the follow-up ‘Plant’ unit. We talked a lot about trees and their parts – if you want to do a cool science type thing, stick celery (leave the leaves on) in strong food dye. Tis awesome. The class helped stick the branches on the tree body and then painted in the root system. They also made the leaves and stuck them on for the bush.
We did insects/spiders the last two weeks so this was the giant red-back spider – learn more here. The class did the painting and stuck the googly eyes on and helped me attach everything together. They didn’t help with the 10 foot spider web for obvious reasons. I don’t have any photos without the kids in it, but we made flies out of cups, paper and velcro and threw them into the web. Which didn’t work until I put packing tape along the string. Then the kids took a great amount of pleasure in ensuring their flies got caught and the spider got to eat. There is also a photo of the 43 paper long caterpillar. Before it went on the wall we took it for a walk. I don’t know if you’ve ever seen 19 three year olds walking with a stapled together paper-plate caterpillar but they managed to get about five metres before it came apart. I was honestly surprised they got it that far. I love my class. Their enthusiasm for performance, showing off and intentional/non-intentional wanton destruction is invigorating. It was less invigorating for the crickets and mealworms I bought for them from the pet store. Few of them had a happy end, though the class was awesome with the swimming bugs I caught from a pond outside a law firm.