It's Alive! Ecosystems and Lifecycles in the Classroom
My students need a freshwater aquarium to help them understand both ecosystems and animal life cycles. The Painted Lady caterpillars will give them an opportunity to care for and do scientific observations of butterfly life cycles.
Our school district is in a small town. Many of my students live in apartments or trailers. Some live in single family homes and some live on small farms. Our town used to be a major producer of furniture, now our local industry is changing to computer and biotechnology.
My students are creative, smart and playful.
They come from many diverse backgrounds including white, African-American, and Asian. Their homes are just as diverse, ranging from traditional two-parent homes, to single parent families, to extended families including grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins.
I have selected a basic freshwater aquarium, painted lady caterpillars and a library set of animal lifecycles for my classroom. I already have a butterfly pavilion waiting for the caterpillars and live plants!
The basic freshwater aquarium will include fish, plants, frogs and snails.
It will give the students an opportunity to view a complete ecosystem throughout the school year. The painted lady caterpillars will let students view a complete life cycle in a short amount of time.
I have also ordered a set of books to complement our studies, so that students can read about other animal life cycles and ecosystems. Students will be able to use their books as they create research reports about animal ecosystems and life cycles.
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