Ant Life Cycle

Our ants finally arrived and were were able to start our ant unit.  I never would have guessed that ants could be this much fun!  The kids loved them, and so did I and the other teachers! 

They arrived in this little vial in the mail and they were furious because it was pretty hot in the mailbox.  We had to put them in the fridge for 10 minutes before relocating them to their new home!  We wrote up some observations right away.

We read this little nonfiction book that explained the life cycle of ants.  I love looking at their drawings of the different stages!

We are continuing to learn about ant and frog life cycles next week.  The kids can't get enough about animals.  It's perfect prep work for research report writing. 

Onto some other news: 
We have 6 weeks of school left!
AND...
I finished my 5th master's class and have 4 left to go (including the one I'm working on currently).  If you ever get a chance to do your masters in a cohort, do it!  It has been amazing!

I am linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching and Teaching Maddeness.  Make sure to visit and link up your week's happenings.


12 comments :

  1. Eeek, ants!! I'd be afraid they would get out :) We get butterflies instead!
    ❤Teri
    A Cupcake for the Teacher

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    1. I was a little scared to put them in, but after they were in the fridge they moved way too slow to cause any harm:) I've been thinking of getting butterflies too! The kids learn so much from observing animals.

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  2. We get butterflies too and my kiddos always love them. We do a picnic at the end of the school year where we release them. It's always covered in our local paper too. :)
    Jean
    Diving Into 2nd Grade

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    1. That sounds like so much fun! The release party must be a hoot!

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  3. Just found you through the Friday link up! I love your blog design! Super cute. Have a great weekend.
    2 Peas and a Dog Teaching Blog

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    1. Thank you for stopping by!
      Maribel

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  4. Oh, I bet your kiddos just LOVE watching those ants!! We also do butterflies, but I'd love to give ants a try!

    Amanda
    Teaching Maddeness

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    1. They are so interesting! I highly recommend giving them a try. They are so easy to take care of too!
      Maribel

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  5. I've always wanted to do an ant farm, but it's never seemed to work into our schedule. I know your kiddos are loving yours!

    Brenda
    Primary Inspired

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    1. Finding the time is always a tough one. The kids remind me each day to make sure that they get time to observe them :) I'm fitting it in right after their morning work and that has worked out well so far. If you get one, make sure to get the gel one. It's super easy to take care of and lots of fun!
      Maribel

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  6. I cracked up reading this because I have always wanted to do an ant farm, but my school just doesn't have the resources. However, our classroom is flooding with ants right now because there's some hole in our wall or something weird like that. We have an exterminator coming this week. Ew!! Have fun with your contained ants. :)

    Your newest follower,
    Irene
    Learning With Mrs. Leeby

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    1. We also had an ant take over at the beginning of the year. One of the kids brought food in their backpack (spoiled by the way) and it leaked all over the cubbies. We cleaned and cleaned and they kept coming back and were all over the backpacks for a few days. I'm not a fan of those types of wild ants :) These contained ones are much more fun :)
      Good luck with your ant friends, hopefully that will be taken care of ASAP!
      I'm heading over to visit your blog right now.
      Maribel

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