PK3.3 Bug Bulletin
27th April - 1st May
Bugs! Bugs! Bugs!
With the rainy season upon us what better time to learn more about the bugs that surround us. This week we began talking about common bugs; spiders, ants, butterflies and bees. We will continue to learn about these bugs and all the different bugs we come across until the end of the school year.
Children have such enquiring minds at this age and with this study unit we will be looking to extend their understanding of the world around them, build on their language skills and put all that creativity and imagination to good use in our classroom centres.
We have brought the outside into the classroom and built a campsite in our dramatic play area, there are bugs all over the toys and game centre and many specimens of insects to inspect in our science area.
When Lowen met her new baby sister!
Congratulations to the Sullivan family on their new arrival!
Lowen's new baby sister, Emily Kelen Sullivan (Milly) was born on Tuesday, April 28th.
Eeeek.......there's a bug in my tee pee!
In the tall tall grass.
One of the books we read this week was "In the tall, tall grass" by Denise Fleming. A simple, rhyming story from a caterpillars view in the grass. We came across many different bugs and used that as our inspiration to draw and count our own bugs in tall tall grass.
First we made fingerprints and then drew body parts for our bugs. Then we counted how many bugs we had made and wrote the number we spotted in the grass. The children enjoyed this multi-step activity and concentrated hard on drawing legs, wings and antennae. Great work PK3!
We're going on a bug hunt........
Bug spotters ready?
Specimen identification sheet? Check
Inquisitive minds? Check.
We went on a bug hunt this week and boy oh boy, we found a lot! The children paid close attention as we explored the school gardens looking for bugs. They were super spotters and found and identified ants, flies, dragonflies, spiders and butterflies.
You can extend this learning at home by reading books and watching videos about bugs. Like us, maybe you too can go a bug hunt around your local park or in the garden and talk about any bugs you meet. If you want to send a few specimens into class please do, just in a sealed container please!!
Head, thorax, abdomen!
we love to read books!
Where does an Ant live?
On Thursday we made edible Ant nests using chocolate pudding for the mud/dirt, Maria cookie crumbs for the sand and raisins for ants! The children had to layer the parts and then count out 5 ants.
It was a great way to visualize an ant nest and of course it tasted delicious!
in our centres this week........
Choice areas allow children to develop their imagination and creativity whilst interacting with other students. Here are some of the things we have been up to this week.
- Bug puzzles extended our problem solving and fine motor skills.
- Insect sorting helped us learn how to classify into small groups and the scoopers worked our hand-eye co-ordination.
- Building bugs used our imagination and creativity
- Counting ladybugs extended our number recognition and made connections with a number and its amount.
All the time learning through play!