A Bug’s Life… at Pace School

In our class we recently learned about beetles: Darking Beetles.  Each student was given their own beetle and a magnifying glass to observe their beetle.  We learned beetles are insects with 6 legs, 3 main body parts, and an exoskeleton. However, learning beetle facts was only the prelude to the fun.  The kids made a poster board sized beetle race track and were able to race the beetles in bracket style races.  Watching the students’ excitement as they cheered and shouted for their beetle to cross the finish line first was priceless.

As part of the project, I had the students journal their thoughts and feelings about the project. In their own words:

“I like the beetles because they are cool.  They are fast and they like to sleep all day. They like apples and potatoes.”

“I like the beetles because they are cool and black and small.  They are fun and they sleep in the daytime and are up during the night.  They are ugly looking, but they have little heads so they can’t bite anyone.”

“I like the beetles because they are ticklish when you hold them.  They are fun to play with.”

“I didn’t like the beetles at first, I was scared of them.  But the next day I was more comfortable with them and I found I liked them.”

“The beetles were goofy, they went the wrong way at least most of them did.”

“I hate the beetles.  The beetles are nasty.”

“My beetle was dumb as ever, but he was still my buddy.  It was fun looking at them through the magnifying glass.”

Written by Janine Duckworth~ Emotional Support Teacher Grades 5 – 7

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