My students need books, centers and resources to care for tadpoles as they morph into frogs to help them better understand the basic needs and characteristics of living things.
Do you remember looking down into the creek water and watching tiny tadpoles swirl around your feet and listening to the chirping sounds as you chased frogs around the yard? In the inner city of Atlanta, my students do not have much experience with the wonders of nature and spring at the creek.
My students are mostly apartment dwellers and though we live in a big city, they stay mostly confined to the small radius around their neighborhood and school.
While we as teachers try to get them out and help them experience life outside of their own community through field trips, many of them don't get the opportunities to broaden their horizons on their own. Coming from extremely hard working families, most of these children have parents who work nights and they spend their after school hours with a baby sitter.
I want to give my students some memorable, first-hand experiences with life and nature so that they can draw on these lessons throughout their life. We cannot merely learn in a book what is required of us to raise and care for a living thing. We must experience it. It is my goal to provide my students with the experience of caring for tadpoles and to help them understand how their care allows the tadpoles to grow strong and thrive becoming adult frogs.
It would mean so much to our class to raise some baby tadpoles of our own.
This will be a memory that they will always cherish and it will likely spark more scientific inquiry in them than ever before.
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