Our classroom is created with students of all learning degrees. Some students with learning disabilities making some learning challenging, others highly capable needing to be challenged above and beyond, some quiet, and some like Tigger. What is so awesome about such a differentiated classroom is the community in which is established by caring, compassionate and eager learners. This year is an incredible blessing because 13 of my 26 students are returning families of previous siblings, making my room a cozy number of about 26.
Our school has grown literally out of the seams of the recently remodeled building, with two brand new kindergarten classes added on and now almost completed.
We have over 825 students presently. Lots of juggling has went on to create a superb learning environment for all. We must be very creative to make learning flow and the school community fun and safe with such a large number of students.
Watching science right before our eyes in a variety of life cycle forms creates natural inquiry and fascinating discussions. My students' learning means the world to me, and creating a learning environment that engages students naturally, is a key to success. My plans are to have a lady bug, worm, and butterfly farm in the room to watch and journal daily the changes and habitat living of the worm, butterfly, and ladybug.
Many students have watched a butterfly dance in the sky, and worms wiggle in the dirt, and ladybugs stop for a visit on a local leaf, but have they ever watched them grow or eat before their eyes?
I want my students to get the view of an entire life cycle of a butterfly and ladybug through a kit. The kit starts at the larvae stage and goes through the whole life cycle right before their eyes. The coolest about the butterfly farm is they will get to release beautiful Monarch butterflies. The worm farm students will get to observe what they eat, digest and move. Having the books to extend research and the miniature life cycle figures will allow students to sequence each change.
Since structures of life have to do with plants as well, I want my students to watch carnivorous plants grow and eat, as well as cute, smiley flowers grow from seeds. What's fun about having the chance to grow and care for colorful, cheerful flowers is by the end of the school year they can bring them home in a painted flower pot share with their family.
Exciting science makes learning engaging and increases discussions naturally. Student dialogue will be full of excitement, as will taking data on the changes and the daily life of the critters and plants we observe and study.
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