Did you know there are tiny animals that call the pond their home? Insects are small animals that can be found all around ponds - sometimes they're even IN the water! All insects have 6 legs and go through a life cycle called, metamorphosis. We were able to identify different stages in a butterfly's life cycle and put the stages in order of events. We searched for butterflies, crickets, and bumblebees while on our nature walk and practiced making a capital letter I out of sticks!
Time for a reptile round-up! Kindergarten Kids learned about all the reptiles that live at APEC! We met a baby cornsnake named Junior and found out that snakes have some very cool adaptations! They have flexible bodies that help them slither in their environment. Later, Ms. Bonnie helped us make our own snake out of fruit loops! Those snakes certainly smelled delicious!
Today, we learned all about amphibians that live in the pond. We observed different frog and toad characteristics and practiced counting and graphing with colored frogs. Ms. Brenda brought out a real-live leopard frog for us to meet! This frog had really cool patterns on it, slimy skin, and really BIG eyes! While outside, we had a blast playing leap frog and searching for amphibians in the park!
We had so much fun exploring the special adaptations of ducks today! Ducks are a type of bird that loves to live in and around the pond. These birds have special adaptations, or characteristics, that help them live in ponds. We did some hands-on experiments to see how the oil on a duck's feathers repels water. It's super important for their feathers to be dry when they need to fly! We also tested some tools to see which one works most similarly to a duck's bill. One our favorite parts of the day was getting to play Duck, Duck, Goose outside!
We set our sights on smaller bodies of water this week and explored ponds! On our nature walk, we ventured to little Alley pond and found some insect larvae in the water. We also took water samples to further investigate when we got back to our classroom. So many animals call the pond their home! Some live in the water and some make their home around the water's edge. Today, we spotted some ducks and turtles near the surface!