Mini Beasts Beneath Fire Mountain


In the foothills, pastures and native forests beneath fire mountain mini beasts thrive in their habitats. Cambewarra is Aboriginal for fire mountain. I visited Cambewarra PS over two days to work with each of the Year 3 and Year 4 classes for a day of investigating invertebrates in the playground. Cambewarra PS is one of the most glorious locations set amongst farmland beneath the rocky cliffs and forests of fire mountain. Students started with animal masks for a game of predator / prey. A special appearance by the echidna highlighted the importance of mini beasts to all living things. The day progressed with games investigating camouflage and a micro trail where students created a signposted nature trail for mini beasts. Students then learnt different ways used by scientists when collecting mini beasts for close up investigations. Taking care not to hurt any mini beasts and keeping themselves safe from stings and bites. Students also used clay to create mini beasts. These mini beasts were then placed into habitats for photographs. Back in class students were shown the use of the computer microscope to observe mini beasts. Working in groups students then created scientific diagrams of mini beasts. Re following are written comments by Mrs Rogers' class in response to the question "What did you most enjoy about the day?" "...hunting for bugs" "...hiding with Summer and being the last person found" "...when we found a huntsman and my partner was screaming". "...playing hide and seek and putting on the mask". "...everything!" "...using the computer microscope to look at things close-up". "...finding the insects, it was fun". "...I love finding insects that live in my garden ... and those of you who haven't seen a Bower Bird bower, come to my school". "...looking at the bugs on the computer screen". "...making the insects out of clay". " ...collecting all of the bugs" Congratulations Years 3 and 4 for your curiosity and enthusiasm for working scientifically to investigate living things. I hope you enjoy the photos. You can use this blog to post comments or ask questions. To complete their day students discussed their feelings and ideas about caring for living things.

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