My students need duck eggs, butterflies and a book.
My students are just starting to see what school is like. It is important that they love the experience. Part of my goal every year is to excite them about learning. Nothing is more exciting in kindergarten than life cycle studies.
I teach in a Title I school in middle Georgia.
My students come from a variety of backgrounds, but the one thing they all have in common is a desire to learn. My five year olds are like sponges, they soak up every experience that I can offer. They have parents who love them and want the best, but Title I means we are a high poverty school. There is often not money or time for some of the experiences that other children take for granted.
I am requesting duck eggs and butterfly eggs. We do a study of the life cycles and I would like these items to help this unit be unforgettable. We have been luck enough to have done this in the past so we have both the incubator and butterfly habitat. This year we realized we could aim a projector at the eggs when they hatched and everyone would have a front row seat to the hatching. It was amazing. The children love both butterflies and ducks and I do too.
This project is so important because as we teach life cycles we also teach about our own life cycle and what we need to survive.
We tie the study of caring for animals to caring for ourselves. Georgia has a high obesity level and during this unit we discuss healthy eating, food from farms and what living things need to survive. Nothing teaches better than a hands on experience. Raising live animals is an activity that my students will never forget.
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