Plant & Animal Science Outcomes
The focus of the Science curriculum for the last few weeks of the school year is on plant and animal life cycles, so our classroom will be a lively learning environment.
We have already planted seeds which are getting plenty of sunlight on the windowsill of the classroom. Growing time will vary depending on the type of bulb chosen by each child. By May 14th about half of the seeds have sprouted.
Our caterpillars arrived on April 26th, and they are already growing rapidly -- much to the children's delight. All of the caterpillars went into chrysalis as of Monday, May 7th, so we should have butterflies hatching soon. Update on May 16th - Our first butterfly hatched on May 15th with 6 more emerging from chrysalis on May 16th. The rest should hatch in the next 24-48 hours.
Finally, we set 18 duck eggs in our incubator on May 1st with an expected hatch date of May 29th or 30th. When we candled the eggs on May 14th, we discovered that 4 of the eggs were not fertilized properly so we removed them from the incubator to prevent bacterial contamination. The children were excited to see the duck embryos developing within the eggs. Stay tuned for more developments.
There will be a school-wide Casual Day on Friday, May 25th. Students are invited to wear non-Summit Academy clothing to school for a donation of $2. The money will be used to purchase special items like our newly-arrived puppet theatre (see below).
The Grade Primary/One class has been saving the donations from each Casual Day to purchase a puppet theatre to use with our extensive collection of puppets. As of April 27th, we have enough money to purchase one so Mrs. Barr has ordered it from Scholastic! It should arrive in mid-May. We will be incorporating use of the puppet theatre into our Language Arts learning outcomes in the last month of school. Thanks to everyone for your donations.