Sunday, April 13, 2014

More mealworms, I mean Beetles!!! 2D and 3D activity and a Plant Adaptation Freebie!

Hello everyone!!!
Overwhelmed  mom/teacher reporting over here!!! :/ I am entering into my 36 weeks of pregnancy and I have to admit that I have mixed feelings about it!!! I am so eager to get to know and see my little girl, but I wouldn't mind if she could stay where she is so I can protect her and keep feeling her kicks and hiccups! :) I've been warned about this feeling... but it didn't mean this was going to be easy... :(
Not to add more depression to this post, but we are SOOOOO close to our STAAR test week that I am so nervous for my kiddos. They have been working so hard and had showed me so much dedication and improvement, but I can't stop feeling nervous for them!!!

Anyhow, enough of that! Let me show how our friends are doing!!! I have more pictures of our pupae and now beetles!!
As soon as I walked into my classroom and went to check our friends, and this is the one I found (purple circle). Apparently he had already turned into a beetle over the weekend because he was already getting the darken color. The other friends had already the legs turned darker, that meant they were ready to turned into a beetle as well :)

On this picture, you can see more of the pupae that had already the legs turned a little bit darker... some others are still on their "resting" stage...

Sadly, we were not able to see any pupae in action... but we were able to see the first stage of the beetle. That means, the beetle is out but with a white/cream color (blue circle)

Another friend who is out of the pupa! 

By the end of the week, we had more friends! but they all liked to be under the oats!! Only two (purple circle) were brave enough to come out! Maybe it's because beetles are nocturnal and they were all trying to sleep while we were having class!! ;)

On the other hand, I wanted to share with you what we did in Math. Like I mentioned in previous posts, we have been reviewing reviewing and more reviewing for the STAAR. So this week, we have been reviewing on 2D and 3D geometry figures. For the 3D figures we used marshmallows and toothpicks. The children really enjoyed making these figures :) This activity was great for me to review with those that are still confusing the pyramids with prisms... As I was walking around I could see what they were mixing up (that's why I let them choose which 3D figure to create) and I would pull them aside to go over the figures.
Here are some pictures:

Last but not least, in Science we have been talking for the past week and half about plant adaptations. We have done a couple foldables and looked at several slides to learned about different plants in different environments.
Here are some pictures of the foldables we have made in class...

We started our study of plant adaptations by looking at the structure of a plant and what the job is for each part of it.


 After this, then we moved on to look into different types of plants and their environment. So we did a lot of writing for each window. However, I had placed only the info on my free product. So in that way, you get to choose what your students write inside :)

If you would like a copy of these foldables/flipbooks, Click on HERE to take you to my TPT and you can grab it for FREE!! :)

That's it for today :) I hope you can use these ideas in your classroom. Please feel free to leave any comment below and if you get to download this product, please let me know what you think with your feedback :)

Thank you all for stopping by and have a restful Sunday! :)

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  1. Hi! I just found your page from Second Grade Superkids! I am a second grade bilingual teacher from Illinois... I love all of the stuff you have posted...even have me thinking about doing mealworms for our life cycles unit (we do ours in September). I am a new follower of your page! Can't wait to see all the happenings in your classroom and with your little girl (I have a 2 year-old daughter that was born May 10, 2011)!

    Bitty Bilinguals

    1. Thank you Bobbi for your nice comment! I love hearing and reading from my followers!! :) I would absolutely recommend it :) It's something completely new for them and they sure enjoy it!! Also, it is so low maintenance... I, myself, have learned so much for trying this on this year... If you need anything, please don't hesitate to ask... I'll be glad to help!!

  2. Thank you for linking up this week at Classroom Freebie's Manic Monday'! This is just terrific!
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    1. Thank you for stopping by and leave your comment!! :)

  3. Wow, I bet your students love watching the beetles grow! My class is waiting for the caterpillars to turn into butterflies.

    Smiling and Shining in Second Grade

    1. Ohhh they love it!! Especially because it's something that he have never seen! I am sure your students are pretty excited about the caterpillars!! :) Thank you for leaving a comment!

  4. I like the foldables with all the colors. That is a great idea to make them stand out. My son's class is doing mealworms too.