Inspiring exploration, appreciation, and conservation of our natural world.

3/15 Natural Pairs

Today we explored animals and plants that help each other to survive. One local example are the monarch and the milkweed. Monarchs only lay their eggs on milkweed plants, in return, monarch pollinate the milkweeds. These relationships are called symbiotic relationships, but we like to think of it as nature teamwork. We also heard from a classmate who explained that clownfish and anemones are two animals that also work together. We looked at pictures of these creatures.

Our story, Monarch and Milkweed, took us through the lifecycle of both the monarchs and milkweeds and we learned how their lives are connected. We designed our own butterflies and flowers to take home.

Outside in the blowing snow we pretended a snowstorm was approaching and we were animals preparing for the storm. We collected dried grasses to eat and took shelter under a cozy pine tree. We also used the remains of our snow mountain to create pride rock and transformed into hyenas and lions.

Inside we played in sensory baking soda sand and made cakes, pies, and even cherry tarts! This was a great way for us to practice waiting our turn and asking friends nicely for cooking utensils.

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