Exciting silkworm development…

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Posted by Jane Doye | Posted in Inquiry - Change | Posted on October 13, 2018

Hi everyone,

I wanted to let you know that after waiting all week for some action from the silkworms in the classroom, I woke this morning to notice that some of the silkworms were shedding their skin. Have a look at the photos below! I’ve circled in blue, the layers of skin that have been shed. In the photo with the blue arrow, the skin is still attached to the end of the silkworm. I have collected some skin in a container so that I can show you on Monday.

 

Then, when I was cleaning out their box and feeding them this evening, I noticed some small strands of silk in the box. It is very exciting! Some of them are ready to spin their cocoon. I have put some egg cartons and a toilet roll in the corner of the box and already I’ve noticed them leaving their mulberry leaves to find a comfortable place to start spinning.

I can’t wait to show you all on Monday. Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

Mrs Doye

 

 

Silkworms…

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Posted by Jane Doye | Posted in Inquiry - Change, Literacy Learning | Posted on October 12, 2018

Hi everyone,

I’m sure that by now you know that this week has been all about silkworms. The children are totally immersed in our Term 4 Inquiry topic “Changes within our Backyard”. Our silkworms are thriving and a big special thank you must go to Eva, who has been keeping up the silkworm’s food supply with leaves from her mulberry tree.

The children have been reading all about silkworms and practising their “Questioning Owl” comprehension strategy, which has us asking questions as we read and finding the answers within our texts.

We have already learnt so much about silkworms, their habitat, their survival needs and their lifecycle. The silkworms are at the larva stage and we can’t wait to see what happens next!

We have also been writing about our silkworms, recording our observations.

We have been using our five senses to explore our sensory garden.

In maths, we have been revising “teen” numbers and I’m pleased to say that most students have a handle on the concept of a teen number being 1 ten and some extras, e.g. 13 is 1 ten and 3 extras. Well done Prep C!

Inquiry Unit – Changes in our Backyard – Request for Help

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Posted by Jane Doye | Posted in Inquiry - Change | Posted on October 7, 2018

Hi everyone,

I hope you have enjoyed a lovely break and are ready to tackle our last term of 2018.

This term, our inquiry unit focuses on minibeasts, life cycles and the changes that occur in our backyards. To support our learning, we are going to be keeping silkworms. They have been nurtured over the holidays by Mrs Moncrieff and are now ready to be introduced to our classrooms. However, with Mrs Moncrieff on long service leave this term, we do not have access to her plentiful mulberry tree. We are therefore asking our school community to help us with the supply of mulberry leaves to ensure our silkworms’ survival and to enhance our learning of life cycles.

If you have a mulberry tree at home and are happy to bring in some fresh leaves once or twice a week, could you please let me know ASAP.

I look forward to another successful term of learning and fun!

Mrs Doye 🙂

 

 

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