Morah Katie: Scientists who study insects are called?
Zoey: Eric Carle. Morah Katie: Eric Carle has written a lot of books with insects as characters. He has helped us become entomologists, the scientists who study insects. For example, what do we know about the Grouchy Ladybug? Moshe: A beetle. Morah Katie: It is a beetle. What shape is it's head? Moshe: Not a triangle. It isn't a bug. Morah Katie: It is not a bug. A bug is a type of insect, but not all insects are bugs. What does the ladybug have that allows it to fly? Gwen: Wings. Morah Katie: Beetles have a pair of hard wings that hide a second pair of wings. Do all insects have wings? Hugo: No. Morah Katie: Eric Carle really prepared us to appreciate insects.
Morah Katie: Are insects helpful? Evie: Yes. They help veggies. Zoey: Sometimes they are really nice and sometimes they are not nice. Moshe: No. I don't think. Brexton: Yes. No. Morah Katie: Let's think of bees. Are they helpful? Brexton: They help the flowers. Moshe: They make honey if they go from flower to flower to flower.
Lael: They make honey. Morah Katie: Bees help pollinate flowers and make honey. What about ants? We are often not fond of ants. How do you think ants can be helpful? Moshe: Grabbing food and taking it into the dirt and giving it to the worms. Morah Katie: They do carry food away and make pathways in the dirt, turning the soil over to keep it healthy. Ants work together to keep our gardens clean of dead leaves and plants. Just an interesting fact - one ant is as strong as an 8 year old child lifting a car. Imagine Morah Eden's son Evan picking up a car! That is how strong one ant can be. NOW imagine a whole colony working together!
Moshe: I'm a strong as an ant!
Hugo: I am strong like an ant!
A colony of helpful "ants" working together to put the blocks away.
Morah Katie: Sometimes insects may not seem helpful. I think if we try to understand them we will learn they are helpful. Who created insects? Moshe: Hashem. Morah Katie: I think when Hashem creates something there is a purpose. I may not know that purpose. But I believe there is one, a reason. (kids nod). Could we agree that insects have a purpose even if we don't see it all the time? We don't want ants in our kitchens, but are they ok in our gardens? Kids: Yes. Morah Katie: I often wonder about the purpose of the mosquito. I don't know what it is. I remind myself they must have a job to do. I don't need to know it, I can just acknowledge they have value. Moshe: Maybe the insects that hurt us, maybe the mosquitos hurt them. Morah Katie: Maybe Moshe, that is definitely a valid and interesting idea. One that helps me appreciate the mosquito.
Morah Katie:We are going to create our own insects. What will your insect have to have? Kenya: They walk. Zoey: A head. Moshe: 3 parts. Shoshi: 6 legs. Evan: Antennaes. Shoshi: I don't want mine to have wings. Morah Katie: Not all insects have wings. Shoshi: Mine will be in grass. Moshe: Mine is a flying one, in the sky. Brexton: Mine needs 6 legs. The glue on my paper looks like a butterfly.
"Shoo Fly" painting
Did friends find an insect?
Morah Eden, Zoey and Gwen discovered the "insect" they found in fact had 8 legs.
It was not an insect, it was spider.
It was escorted outside to create a beautiful web.