Bonjour chers parents,
This afternoon, with Madame Jamie, it was animal time in the classroom!!! It’s an opportunity for our students to pet animals, to see them closer, to hear them, and even to smell them sometimes. All the senses help them learn and memorize.
The first animal was an invertebrate. Roaches are invertebrates. Surprise, Jamie brought one!! No, not the ones you can see in your house or in New Orleans streets. It wouldn’t be as interesting or fun since you can observe and pet them whenever you want. This one is a Madagascar hissing cockroach! It’s a plant eater. The students who pet it can tell you that it’s very smooth!!
The mammal Jamie brought is Han, the domestic guinea pig. This mammal is a herbivore.
Tyler, the western hognose snake is a reptile. It has fangs that help him with the preys it eats: amphibians. Snakes use their tongues to smell.
Jezebel the hawk! This carnivore eats rodents, lizards, snakes and smaller birds. Jezebel sees very well, however her best sense is their sense of hearing. That’s why hawks are great hunters.
Most of the zoo animals are from another zoo, however Jezebel is from the wild. She arrived at the zoo with a broken wing. With a missing wing, she can’t fly, and so she is unable to hunt, and couldn’t survive in the wild.
With a food chain, it’s easier to realize that animals and plants are connected to each other. If one link disappears, it does affect other living things. In a ecosystem, we need all kinds of plants and animals, even the small tiny ones that look insignificant.
Today, we would like to pay tribute to the sun. The sun is the reason food chains exist. Without the sun, there would be be no plants, and without plants there would be neither animals nor Humans.
The rest of the day, students worked in small groups:
– they drew some animals.
– they did exercises about animal classification with Madame Claire.
– they played the “animal classification” game. with monsieur Ibrahima.
– they read books in the library.
Martin, Jinger, Claire & Ibrahima