I am currently the media center clerk at my school so I get to see all the students! It is a treat! Our students are spectacular and unique. From Pre-K students first experiencing school to fifth graders that are finding themselves and getting ready for middle school, our school has it all.
Our students come from a variety of cultural backgrounds and socioeconomic backgrounds.
For some students it is there first time in our country and are not only learning a new language but building a new home as well. Other students have been raised in the US and have had powerful real life experiences and will share with others.
Students come to the library for a safe place to learn, ask questions, and just be curious! I know that the students would absolutely love getting to see cycles and processes in real life.
The materials in this project are essential for students to see the life cycle of several different types of animals. Students will be able to experience the life cycle of a butterfly, ladybug, and frog. Not to mention to see the growth and care of praying mantis and hermit crabs.
Life will fill the library by having many living organisms for students to observe, interact, and experience.
Most adults have not had the experience of watching a caterpillar morph into a butterfly, so why not allow students the opportunity to see this life process happen and make it a true authentic experience? Students from grades Pre-K through 5th will get to see the metamorphosis of caterpillar culture (painted lady and cabbage white) turning into a butterfly, live ladybug larvae morphing into ladybugs, and a tadpole turning into a frog (from the raise a frog kit) in real time. The students in the school will also be able to observe three praying mantis egg cases hatch with hundreds of baby praying mantis. Students will be able to come in and observe changes in the animals each day. Progress of the life cycle will also be presented on TVs throughout the school and updated weekly so ALL students will experience. Teachers will be able to teach lessons and connect them to the animals in the library.
The students will also love having a new library pets to observe and take care of, the hermit crabs!
Kids that are engaged and involved in a learning experience will take away more than just knowledge presented to them, but also the memory of learning during the experience that they will hold on to for the rest of their lives.
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