This week, the students started to examine the needs of the living things in our classroom. On Monday, we examined our snail habitat and the students started to question if the snails had everything they needed to be healthy and happy. The students noticed that the leaves had dried up and inferred that the snails may need fresh food daily and a light mist of water in order to stay hydrated and fed. They started to ask more questions about what our snails needed during our daily, "I Wonder" session after outdoor inquiry. The students also looked at different types of lines made by snails using loose parts.
The students also looked at the habitat we had for our classroom worms and decided that their home was not big enough. Luckily Felicity the Fairy left us the supplies needed to make a proper worm bin. The students worked to build this worm bin together. When they were done, they helped write out the instructions of how they did this in our gardening centre. During this process the students discussed how worms can help the earth by breaking down organic matter such as vegetables, fruits and even paper to make new soil. We discussed how this soil was filled with nutrients such as carbon and nitrogen which helped plants to grow.
After looking at the plants, worms and snails in our class, the students noticed how all the creatures were all so different and how these differences made them special. During our morning surveys we examined how we were all different but similar at the same time. We all have feelings, we all have family, we all need food, a home, water and air to live. We talked about how because we are all different and have different strengths we can all learn from each other. We played a lot of drama games that challenged others to "guess what we are good at!" We sang songs about being unique and special. As a final writing piece this week the students drew a picture and wrote about one thing that they were good at! We hope you can check out this writing outside of our classroom.