From the Publishers . . .
“This is the diary of a worm . . . Surprisingly, a worm not much different from you and me. Except that he eats his homework and his head looks a lot like his rear end.”
After we had read the book, we made some worms of our own.
We learnt to make our worms here – https://craftulate.com/2015/01/pipe-cleaner-bead-inchworm-craft.html
From the publisher . . .
“Ella the ladybird works hard every day, cooking, cleaning, tidying and polishing – but her wasp stepsisters never, ever say thank you. Then one day an invitation arrives for the Grand Bug Ball – could this be Ella’s chance to find true love?”
After reading the story of Ella the preps created their own ladybird pictures.
We discovered this fantastic ladybird idea, by the students at Peter Muschal Elementary School, at http://www.artsonia.com/museum/gallery.asp?project=980387
Incy wincy spider
Climbed up the waterspout
Down came the rain
And washed the spider out
Out came the sunshine
And dried up all the rain
And incy wincy spider
Climbed up the spout again.
“They were thought to be extinct for over 80 years… Until a handfull of these amazing stick insects were found clinging to a small bush on Balls Pyramid off Lord Howe Island. Invertebrate specialist Rohan Cleave shows us why these ‘land lobsters’ are so freaky cool, and how Melbourne Zoo saved the species from extinction.”
Find out more at www.actwild.org.au
“In a world first, zookeeper Rohan Cleave captured the amazing hatching process of a critically endangered Lord Howe Island Stick Insect at Melbourne Zoo. The eggs incubate for over 6 months and until now the hatching process has never been witnessed. If you didn’t see it you wouldn’t believe it could fit in that egg!”
Find out more at zoo.org.au/melbourne/animals/lord-howe-island-stick-insect
The Preppies are getting so much enjoyment out of the silkworms in the library. Every Thursday they come to us full of excitement to see what stage their new little friends are up to. This week they got to see the first cocoons! Our silkworms have been very busy and have provided us with lots of interesting discussions.
Today we drew the life-cyle of the silkworm. We are waiting for our own silkworms to turn into moths before we complete our pictures. We can’t wait!
The Preppies are having so much fun with the Bugs and Buttons app on the iPads. There are eighteen educational and entertaining games to choose from so there is something for everyone. With topics such as letter sequencing, colour sorting, matching and pattern recognition the children are learning while they are playing. It is also a great app for fine motor skills and hand eye co-ordination. It really is an engaging app with a great amount of variety. I think we will be revisiting this one again and again!!
We made our own silkworms today using pom poms and joggle eyes. We even made them a mulberry leaf to munch on. Aren’t they cute….
Today we read a Non Fiction book about the Life Cycle of a Silkworm. The Preppies found this so interesting and could make connections from the text to our very own silkworms. There were lots of questions – How do they shed their skin? How do they make their cocoons and how do they get out of them? How do they make the silk? How long do they live for? The book was able to satisfy our curiosity and extend our knowledge of these amazing little insects.
We are really enjoying having the opportunity to witness the different stages of the silkworm’s life-cycle right before our eyes. The larva are getting really big now and we are hoping that by next week some of them will have started spinning their cocoons. It’s very exciting!!
The picture of the cupcake on the first page of ‘The Ant Army’ looked so yummy with it’s icing oozing everywhere. It inspired us to make our own paper version. We were delighted with our colourful creations – they looked good enough to eat!