Lisa Coleman, Mercer Elementary School’s speech and language pathologist, lead a literacy lesson for Preschool students around the book Bug Zoo by Andy Harkness. “Ben loves bugs; armored, teeny, leggy, greenie, floaty, wingy, jumpy, springy bugs! After a grip to the city zoo, Ben collects all of the bugs he can find and sets up a bug zoo.”
The lesson sparked the students’ interest in insects and they have since completed a class project studying the various types of bugs.
Preschool teachers have been leading their students in an insect study investigating the following concepts:
1. Where insects live
2. How insects move
3. What insects eat
4. Classification of insects
5. Changes and adaptations of insects
Mrs. Coleman and Mrs. Doyle, MCES Preschool Coordinator, arranged for each class to receive caterpillars a few weeks ago. The students have been watching the caterpillars transform into chrysalis and then into butterflies within their classroom. One student, Piper Riley, made the connection as she watched the caterpillars transforming in a real life application. She commented, "A caterpillar's chrysalis is just like a sleeping bag. They hide inside while they make their wings." The butterflies will be released at the end of the year with students.
At the end of the study, students were asked to create an insect of their choice with 3D art material and paint to display as part of their own Preschool Bug Zoo.
This activity is on display for the school’s family night, as well for a few days for all students at MCES. Scientific exploration and creativity were key components in each student's learning throughout this process.
Top left - Matthew Jones and Isaiah Daughtery
Top right - Bailey Wilson
Middle left - Maggie Lyons
Middle right - Coltin Yeast
Bottom - Silas Akins