Our new theme is Spring and we're covering lots of subtopics. This week we were learning about soil, worms, snails and slugs. We've been assisted by lots of amazing books, a great song, a phenomenally informational GEMS guide, and lots of ideas from other early childhood educators, Pinterest, and friends.
|GEMS: Terrarium Habitats|
This guide provides detailed information about
worms, snails and slugs. It's actually a guide for
setting up terrarium habitats. We pulled the pertinent
information from the guide. That's one of the things I
LOVE about the GEMS guides, you use what works for
your program and your class.
|We were BLESSED with the gift of a worm farm bin|
from our Nana Teri (grandmother of one of our students).
We placed shredded paper, a little soil, and some
lettuce in the container. We spritzed the contents with
water, then added the worms.
|We placed a wet paper towel beside a dry one,|
then laid a worm on it to see which side it
would prefer. Thanks to spelloutloud.com for
this idea, the download of the book below
and the suggestion of using the water-filled bottle
in the mini worm farm!!
|Observing Worms book download |
|Our "worm" painting provocation:|
plastic worms, two shades of blue
and green paint, paper.
|These friends were very busy painting with worms.|
|No worm study would be complete without |
tunneling like a worm.
|Once again we gather the beginning knowledge|
of snails. The kids were pretty knowledgeable.
|The kiddos LOVED playing with the snails.|
|This friend looked through the magnifying|
glass after the snail was crawling on it.
He was able to see the "foot" of the snail
move. It looked kind of like ocean waves.
|After our snail day ended, we moved them into|
their own habitat complete with soil, plants,
veggies, and an occasional spritz of water. If
you look closely you can see their silvery paths.
|We then began studying slugs.|
This was the next day and they
didn't move nearly as fast as the
snails, though they had been in
the same container. Who knows?
|Look closely to see the shiny trail!|
|We also had some leftover real flowers and|
decided to use them for some flower painting.
The results were beautiful!
We're having so much fun!!