Thursday, March 31, 2011

Watching a Butterfly Hatch From a Chrysalis

Yesterday during our grandparents morning an exciting thing happened in our classroom. A chrysalis started to split and a Monarch butterfly started to come out. We were all fascinated by this and watched it happening with great interest! It took a long time for it to come out and then the butterfly dried it's wings out.

We Have Made Some New Friends in Christchurch

Today we received some exciting mail. We were thrilled to receive thank you cards from
Room 5 Belfast School in Christchurch. A few weeks ago we sent them cards telling them we were thinking of them after the earthquake and we sent down a book for them too. We have learned that it is nice to help other people and let them know that we are thinking of them.
Thank you Room 5 Belfast School.

Welcome Grandparents!

Yesterday we had a special Grandparents morning at our school. They came and supported us in class activities and we showed them around our school. It was so exciting sharing our learning with them. Thank you for coming Grandparents!

Danika, Shrina, Jade and Martin's Life Cycle of a Caterpillar

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Life Cycles of a Butterfly

Today some more children completed their life cycle of a butterfly on Kid Pix.
Look carefully at the numbers.
Which stage shows the eggs on the leaves?
Which stage shows the eggs hatching into a caterpillar?
Which stage shows the chrysalis?
Which stage shows the butterfly?

Monday, March 28, 2011

The Hungry Praying Mantis

Today Martin brought in a brownish coloured Praying Mantis to school that he had caught in the weekend. After school today, our teacher caught an insect in the classroom and put it in the container. The Praying Mantis caught the insect with it's strong front legs and started to eat it straight away. We learned that they are carnivores which means they eat other insects. We are now looking for other insects to catch!

Drawing snails after observing them....

After observing snails, we drew pictures of snails using a programme called Kid Pix. Look at some of the detail.

Friday, March 25, 2011

The Life Cycle of a Butterfly

We have been talking about the life cycle of a butterfly. Albert, James and Hannah have drawn the life cycle on Kid Pix.
Can you explain what is happening at each stage?
Click on any picture to make it bigger.

Keep watching as we complete more drawings and put them on the blog.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Labelling Snail Photos Using Kid Pix

Have look at labelling done by Ariana, Stephanie and Blake. They took photos of the snail then labelled some of the body parts.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Stephanie's Been Creative!

Today Stephanie shared two interesting minibeasts that she made at home. She made a bee and a spider with her family.
We thought they looked fantastic! Well done Stephanie.
Room 14 children would like to have a go at making one at school.
What will we need to make the spider Stephanie?

Callum's Weta

Today Callum brought a weta to school. He found this minibeast on his Uncle's shoe at his Grandma's house. It has 6 legs, it is an insect. We talked about how it's brown colour helps it to be camouflaged in the garden. Can you see the long antennae and it's eyes?

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Watching Something Amazing...

Last week a very exciting thing happened in our class before our own eyes. One of our caterpillars was hanging like the letter 'j' and then we watched in amazement as it shed it's skin and changed into a pale green pupa.
You can the excitement on our faces.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Labelling Using Kid Pix

Today Ariana and James labelled some body parts of a snail on a programme called Kid Pix. They took their own photo of the snail using our digital camera. They had to learn to hold the camera still and focus on the picture. It was hard because the snail kept moving! Just as well snails move slowly.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Can You See the Detail on Our Pictures?

These pictures were drawn on Kid Pix. We are proud of them!

Drawing Snails Using Kid Pix

Today we drew snails using Kid Pix. What patterns can you see?