Kindergarten class gets in touch with natural world

Kindergarteners watch a centipede eat lettuce in a terrarium they made with their “Living Organisms” science kit.

Kindergarten teacher Sally Knustrom completed “Every Student Counts” math and “Just Ask” science professional development courses through Great Prairie Area Education Agency and was awarded a $500 Freeport McMoRan mini-grant to purchase a “Living Organisms” science kit. The new science initiative integrates science with math, reading and language arts.

In April, kindergarteners grew plants from seed, compared the size and shape of the seeds and plants and measured growth. Students reported their observations in journals. They also made terrariums to observe centipedes and pill bugs, and made aquariums for guppies, snails and water plants.

Their latest project was the incubation of chicken and turkey eggs. The students observed the 21-day cycle and compared the growth of the embryos to plastic model eggs and life-size pictures of the 21-day process.

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