Hello students and parents!
Welcome to our second weekly assignment. This full activity is geared for 3rd-6th grades, though there are many younger children who will enjoy it as well with some guided support.
Kindergarden-2nd grade version: The specific classification for the younger children is less important than them being able to observe that there are differences between critters. Have them collect and draw the critters in their journals, but simply ask them to count the body parts (as best they can) and talk about how different animals have different types of bodies. If your young child is eager to move on to the next level of learning then go right ahead...
There will also be an extension activity intended for the upper grades, but available to any family who would like to do it. If you or your child is particularly interested in critters, then this is a great starter activity for some deeper diving. Email me for suggestions.
(Side note: please do your best to complete these assignments but DO. NOT. STRESS. If you do not have the materials, then you are not being asked to go out and purchase/locate them..do your best to improvise. The intention with these assignments is to keep you engaged with nature and have some time off the screens. Have fun and let me know how it goes! If you have any questions, please reach out.)
We are going to collect 4 types of Arthropods: Crustacea, Myriapoda, Arachnida and Hexapoda. You will then be drawing them and labeling their body parts to identify their characteristics that qualify them for the type of arthropod you selected.
Below is a diagram to help you identify and collect your 4 arthropods:
4) Once you have completed your journal entries you have completed this section of the assignment. If you do not do the next activity you may release your critters. THEY WILL NOT SURVIVE in your containers unless you create a habitat for them...which is an activity for another day :).
Seek by iNaturalist