Field Trip: Granary Road
This week's highlight was our trip to Granary Road where we learned about animals and insects! Our first stop was the Arachnid Zone where we learned about different spider species and which ones are dangerous! Then we explored an Ant Farm and learned about the differences between a queen and worker ant. Next we headed to the Bat Cave where we did the "Blind as a Bat" maze and got to touch guano (bat poop)! After lunch we went to the petting zoo where we got to pet various animals such as horses, goats, alpaacas, and donkeys. We also got to observe chickens, turkeys, and peacocks! Students had a lot of fun going inside the goat pen and helping the goats eat their lunch! Lastly, he learned about bees at the Bee Hive and got to see a real beekeepers suit. Students had such a great time exploring the various exhibits and making connections between our insect lessons and what they saw at Granary Road!
This week students wrote their own cinquain poem about insects! A cinquain is a 5 line poem that has very specific structure including a title, 2 adjectives, 3 verbs, a 4 word sentence, and finally another title. Students also wrote a story about their time at Granary Road which they shared in groups.
We are continuing our investigation into various insects including bees, ants, and next week butterflies! Students went on a nature walk on the school grounds using the magnifying binoculars to search for insects! Students got to see a bee pollinating, ants crawling on trees, and butterflies sucking nectar! Students were so happy to see these critters up close and notice their 2 compound eyes, their antennae, and head, thorax, and abdomen!
This week, we have been talking about the differences between 2D and 3D shapes. In groups, students found various 2D shapes around our classroom and shared their findings with their class. Students then discovered 2D shapes outside as they explored the school grounds. Finally, they realized 2D shapes can be found everywhere, even on insects! Through the internet and our insect books, we found shapes on various bugs: monarch butterflies, bee wings, ladybug spots, and much more! Lastly, students used their knowledge of 2D shapes to construct their own bug!
Our last field trip is next Friday June 15th and we still need a couple more volunteers to join us to Valley View Park! If you are interested, please hand in your volunteer letter or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. It will be a fun day filled with games and activities!
Room 9 & 11 will be sharing their learning every Friday.