Our week was filled with endless possibilities to explore and learn about! Our first day of school began with students bringing in a soil sample from anywhere their summer vacation took them! Soil samples were collected from the beach, a garden, student's backyard, and the forest! We used magnifying glasses to take a closer look and of course, this meant that we needed to plant something! I had a variety of seeds for children to choose from; apple, lemon, orange, broccoli, sunflowers and thyme. Students either chose to plant using their soil sample, my potting soil or a combination of both!
Our third day of school, involved all of us going out on the playground to participate in an "insect hunt"! Each student was given a butterfly net to comb the grassy areas to observe living creatures and then set them free. We saw a beetle, a moth, a white butterfly, lots of grasshoppers, a dragonfly with a broken wing, a caterpillar, milkweed plants and a sunflower. The excitement was contagious as students called each other over to see what they had found! Next, we made Nature Journals from brown paper bags and students were asked to draw, label and print one sentence about each of their findings. The day ended with a letter arriving from Mother Nature challenging us to be a "naturalist" and a "botanist" to help protect nature and all of its living things. Of course, we agreed and together we cheered, "1, 2, 3 Mother Nature!"