Remember our wheel bug that laid eggs in our critter cage?
Well, we came back to school one day to see this:
These wheel bug babies were small enough to fit right through the critter cage, so I had them climb on a pencil and shook them down into a different container. I am sure that none escaped.
Wheel bugs were not made to winter over, so we knew there was nothing for these babies to feed upon. They all died over the weekend, but we did enjoy observing their life cycle and learning so much about this interesting insect.Filed under science | Comment (0)
Ms. Johnston finished her teaching unit about communities in Virginia and the contributions of our local governments and volunteers. As a culminating activity, she had the students prepare questions to interview our very special visitor, Officer Frost.
He is a part of our local government, as he is a police officer. He also volunteers his time in our school and in our community. He is also the dad of one of our students!
We enjoyed our visit with him and he gave the students nice gift bags from the police department. Thank you, Officer Frost!
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Our school had a pumpkin decorating contest. Our class voted to decorate the pumpkin as Pete the Cat. I really wanted Fly Guy, but maybe next year.
It was a good thing we listened to the popular vote in the classroom, because Pete the Cat won this year. I think it was the beautiful painting that Glenn and Katherine did on the body of our pumpkin!Filed under school event, videos | Comments Off
The wheel bug has armor that is shaped like a wheel or cog. It also has a long tube from its mouth called a beak. It uses its beak to feed on other insects. The wheel bug overwinters as eggs. What should we do with ours?
Here are some photos taken from our digital microscope from this interesting insect.
check out the beak and wheel!
We couldn’t fit the lid of our cage under the microscope to view the eggs, so I had to hold the microscope VERY STILL with my hands. Luckily, Zyan was able to snap the photos from the smartboard right when I got it into focus. We are problem-solvers in first grade, for sure!digital blue microscope, science | Comments Off
photo permission by C. Colby
We recently found a wheel bug and got a chance to learn about and observe this interesting insect. A friend and parent of a former student also spotted one the same day. Her photo was great and she shared it with me. Thanks, Mrs. Colby!
Wheel bugs are one of the largest true bugs in North America, growing up to 1.5 inches long. They are helpful insects, but have a painful bite, so do not handle these insects!
They have a ‘beak’ which they insert into soft-bodied prey and insert a paralyzing and dissolving liquid. Then they drink up all the insides of their prey. Yikes! I’m glad I taped down our critter cage lid with clear packing tape!
We found out that their life-cycle is short. They hatch in April or May and molt 5 times before the summer. In autumn, the wheel bug lays 40-200 eggs. The second day we observed our wheel bug, we found the eggs she had laid. How exciting! Once the wheel bug lays her eggs, she dies. We watched this sad process all day, but understood that it was part of the cycle of this bug’s life.
I will post more about this bug when we looked at her body and eggs under the digital microscope.
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Let’s practice subtraction with a pumpkin patch game!
Follow these three steps to plant, care for, and harvest your pumpkin.
Choose your level here. Click on pumpkin 1 for subtracting one – a good start to a mental math workout!
Thanks Fun4theBrain!Filed under math, web game | Comments Off
We had such a great time at the Pumpkin Patch this week. We studied all about the parts of the pumpkin, the pumpkin life cycle, and then experienced it all out on the farm. We took many pictures and videos – all posted on our web page. See below for links and enjoy!photo story, slide shows, videos | Comments Off
Today at recess a gnat got in Sofia’s eye. She went to the nurse and the nurse said to keep rubbing it. It worked! The gnat came out later.
We decided to look through the microscope to see Sofia’s gnat. We could see the compound eyes, the wings, the back and the whole body.
We liked looking through the microscope. Sofia did not like getting a gnat in her eye.Filed under digital blue microscope, stories, writing | Comments Off
As part of our science study about the seasons, the Wonderful Ones painted pictures. They worked hard to incorporate what we learned about the colors in fall, what animals are doing, what people might be doing, and the changes we see with plants.
I took close-ups of important parts of their paintings. See what autumn looks like to our first grade students.
|A slideshow by Smilebox|
Our class sqworls are open for business!
Click on the sqworl page at the top of the blog. You will find resources for math practice, listening to reading, and just exploring on some fun and creative websites!
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photo permission by flickrcc
You may be wondering how to stay within the school’s wellness policy, be respectful of nut allergy students in our school, and satisfy your child at lunch and snack time… these are big questions if you haven’t had to think about them before!
I was looking around for some ideas myself, as I often purchase snacks for children who don’t bring any. I found this SnackSafely.com list and it is updated often. It also has a disclaimer, that even though a snack may be listed on their document, it is up to you to read the label and the manufacturer to provide current conditions on their labels. The list helps me to be more of a label reader and think ahead. We want all of our McHarg Terrific Kids to be safe!
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