Student’s ideas of habitats are usually only associated with natural and wilderness areas rather than their own environments. This concept of a habitat also influences their ideas about how humans interact with habitats.
To help students to understand the relationships, they need to experience functioning habitats that they themselves can affect.
For our current unit of inquiry we have been sparking interest and questioning the interactions between living and non-living things by having different habitats in each of the three classrooms. It has been the students' responsibility to care for the ecosystem and learn how energy can pass through these habitats.
Year 3G have two Goldfish, named Fin and Diesel. Students have discovered many things about goldfish. Some of the facts that students found interesting was that a group of goldfish are called a troubling not a school and that they can live for up to 40 years.
The students of Year 3M have two male spiny leaf insects called the Leaf Bros, as they are very difficult to tell apart. These insects live on a diet of native gum leaves and enjoy a good spray of water to keep them hydrated. The female version of these insects have the ability to reproduce without males which the students found unusual.
Finally, Year 3S have two hermit crabs, called Hermi and Crabby. These crabs have been loving their new enclosure and enjoy climbing the trees, burrowing under the sand and swapping shells. Students were amazed to find out that hermit crabs can eat anything that humans eat including fruit and vegetables.
These habitats have been a big hit with the students who all love to question and discover new information about these wonderful animals.
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