Friday, March 4, 2016

Something Was Fishy This Week!

Meet Hermie the Hermit Crab!

Things do not move a snails pace in kindergarten for sure and as your students will tell you the picture above is not of a snail, but of a hermit crab.  This week we had a few opportunities to explore creatures that we may see at the New England Aquarium when we go.

Hermie lives in room 101 but was brought up for a quick visit.  The students loved seeing him come out of his shell once he was comfortable in the environment of our room!  We learned a bit about hermit crabs, made a book page and even read the story, A House for Hermit Crab!

We also had a couple of beta fish visit.  We were able to study them before we did a writing project involving labeling the parts of a fish!  

Today we enjoyed the animated presentation Superfish, presented by Burlington's own, Mr. Musselman who claims a trip to the beach is like going to a family reunion (because there are so many mussels there!)  We
learned that at the Aquarium we will not only see fish but will also see birds and mollusks such as oysters, clams, scallops and mussels!  We learned about other invertebrates like the sea star and then listened to information about two animals who have exoskeletons: the lobster with his 2 big claws and the horseshoe crab, a creature as old at the dinosaurs!  

We can not wait to go to the New England Aquarium next week and see the sharks with their many, many teeth!

One of the highlights of the presentation was seeing and touching the eight armed mollusk, the octopus!

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