Land Animals

We had such a good time Friday on the field trip! The kids did great and I know they learned a lot.

Each child should have received a chrysalis for a painted lady butterfly, along with an instruction sheet. We’re on the last step in section 2 on the instruction sheet. So, if you haven’t already, you should hang your chrysalis in a safe place. If you don’t have a butterfly house, then a jar with holes, or an insect box from dollar tree should work, depending on how long you’d like to keep it.

For this week, read the first part of the Arthropod chapter (page 229-238) if you did not read it last week. If our weather cooperates, get outside and see if you can find a spider web. Or if you’re like me you may be lucky enough to find one indoors, which means you’ve been spending more time playing with your children than worrying about a clean house, right? 🙂 If you find a web, take a picture with your phone, text me, and we’ll show them in class April 20. You’ll have two weeks to work on this. I’ll be out this Friday, with Katie for more college events in Tennessee. So, the kids will have art for two hours Friday. I originally planned to do the activity on page 234 in class (creating a spider web). But since I have to be out, feel free to do that one at home if you like.

Wednesday we have our field trip to the Natchez Trace. I will send more details in a separate email.

Just a little heads up…For next week, kids are welcome to bring an arthropod/isopod for show and tell. Hopefully our weather will be warm enough to get out and find some creatures. This can be as simple as put it in a jar on Thursday, or go out on Tuesday or Wednesday to find something, build a habitat, and watch it for a week. Our book mentions centipedes, millipedes, woodlouse (roly-poly), but any insect would be fun to bring. Dollar tree typically has small insect collecting boxes, as does Hobby Lobby. But if you’d rather not buy something, use a recycled jar and poke holes in the lid.

By the way, if anyone has a creative idea for an end-of-the-year presentation for land animals (like anything they did in previous years), I’m totally open to ideas. The end of the year has snuck up on me!