Thursday, October 27, 2016

"The Honeybee Man"

We were thrilled to welcome Phil Gaven from The Honey Exchange to our school on Thursday. He visited the entire second grade to share his expertise on honeybees and the process of making honey. The students enjoyed seeing videos and photos of honeybee swarms and "waggle dances." They had opportunities to share their knowledge of insects and life cycles, too. At the end of the presentation, students visited three stations so they could observe an actual bee colony, taste test honey and explore/wear beekeeper's equipment. It was an informative and hands-on presentation. We would like to extend a special thank you to Mr. Gaven for sharing his time and talents with us today!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Science Wrap-Up

We have wrapped up our science unit on Insects & Ecosystems. The students showed me their understanding of insect life cycles by using an iPad app called Pic Collage. They chose between the butterfly and ladybug life cycles and located pictures of each of the 4 stages to download and label. 
Students also flexed their creative muscles by designing their own insects. They had to design an insect that would help solve a problem. We had everything from a "Butterfree" (a combination of a butterfly and honeybee) to a "Meater Eater" and lots in between! They were thoughtful about the problems these insects would solve. Some would eat other harmful insects such as mosquitos and aphids to help protect humans and plants. Other insects helped to pollinate flowers. We will revisit some of these important concepts over the next few weeks as we welcome a couple of guest speakers to our school to teach us more about insects. 

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Insects & Ecosystems

Our young scientists have had a busy week! First, we observed the final stage of both the butterfly and ladybug lifecycles. Our butterfly emerged last Friday while the ladybugs arrived today. The children were so excited to watch them grow and change these past couple of weeks. We will work together to feed and care for the ladybugs before we release them outside next week.

Then, we went on a hunt for ecosystems around Skillin. We walked around the school looking for places that animals and plants live together, depending on one another for survival. We found woods, an underground/dirt area, grass and a garden! The children noticed many insects in the garden (and even a frog!)