Students working in small groups to make observations of the praying mantis.
Isn't he so amazing? Look at the amazing colors and features on him!
Praying mantis on the defense. Don't make any sudden moves or he will think you are going to hurt him and he is ready to attack!
I tried to be really brave!
During a math lesson about estimation today, the librarian visited our classroom and told us there was a really cool bug outside the window by the office. We couldn't resist a trip to visit this creature and make quick observations before getting back to our math work. The students begged me to catch it so that we could do closer observations of it in the classroom, so at lunch time I went back to see if it was still there. It was still there and I was able to catch it in a pencil box. There was a lot of excitement and learning this afternoon as the students rotated through stations taking turns to make observations of yet another incredible bug! We learned how to make good observations about creatures by making good guesses why the bug looks like it does and why it is a certain color. We decided that it is a praying mantis. Some of the students got to see the aggressive behavior that it shows when it feels like it is being attacked. We saw it has two sets of wings on its back and can make itself look a lot bigger to scare its predators. It was amazing to see! It made us afraid of it! After school, our librarian was brave enough to pick it up to see if it would fly and let her touch it. She did get pinched a little bit, but not too bad. That made me, Miss Coon, brave to touch it too! I picked it up for a closer look and learned that if I moved slowly, I wouldn't scare it and it wouldn't pinch or hurt me.
So, what do you know about a praying mantis? Have you held one before? What were some observations that you made of the mantis when he was in our classroom?
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Meet Miss Coon
I love to learn new things! One great place to learn is by spending time in nature and the outdoors! Any opportunity that I can get to take a bike ride, hike, or walk I will gladly do it! I also love music and enjoy playing my flute at church and singing with my sisters. But most of all, I love kids. My passion is to teach children to inquire, and to love learning about this incredible world as I do. My students tend to think I love to learn just because I am a teacher. By modeling the struggle of learning and researching my own interests, I hope my students and others can follow my example and be empowered to seek after their questions to find answers in the midst of the struggle.