Our insect study begins with the arrival of five painted lady caterpillars in our science center. Exploration and discovery are essential for students to gain knowledge and understanding of a subject. Our students will have the opportunity to observe first-hand the process of metamorphosis when butterflies emerge from their chrysalides. Later in the month we will be watching praying mantises hatch from their cocoons. What amazing changes for all to see!
The science center is filled with many insect life-cycle replicas. Students are expanding their vocabularies learning words like larva and pupa as they gain knowledge about metamorphosis, another word to add to their language bank. The acquisition of language and a well-developed vocabulary builds a foundation for strong literacy skills.
Eric Carle and Lois Ehlert are two children’s authors and illustrators who will be the inspiration for many of our projects. Both illustrators write extensively about insects and use collage to create their books. Our students will be using collage to create their masterpieces that will hang throughout the classroom.
We will be making math come alive through literature during the month of March. Several books by Eric Carle and Lois Ehlert will strengthen the development of mathematical thinking skills. Students will be counting caterpillars in Ten Hungry Caterpillars or counting apples, pears, plums and strawberries in The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Spots on ladybugs will give the children additional opportunities to count using one-one correspondence.
The arrival of spring will have us heading out-doors for some nature explorations. How many bugs can we identify? Where will they be hiding? We will need to wait until the end of the month to answer that question.
Dates to Remember
Tues., March 6...Returning students’ registration distributed for 2012-13
Thurs., March 8.....Registration for 2012-13 due
Wed., March 14.....Open House for new students 4:00 - 5:00 PM
Wed., March 28.....Parent night and meeting 6:30 PM
Class pictures TBA