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Posted by Casey

Today I’m spending the day at home due to doctor’s orders. I was sick only 2 weeks ago with a cold and now it has flared up again into a viral ear and throat infection. I’m starting to lose my voice so my doctor suggested I stay at home and rest my voice before it goes completely! I felt a bit anxious about leaving my class with no warning today but I left a 4 page plan for m relief teacher so hopefully they’re working hard and are on their best behaviour!

Our Science unit this term is about living things and their needs. We were supposed to go on nature walks around our school and collect animals to observe in our classroom. Turns out there is nothing interesting in our school and it is also very hard work trying to escort 25 preps around the school grounds quietly with only 2 hands when I really need 10! We also had a lot of rain recently which put a dampener on our plans!

I posted on Facebook for help finding insects for my room which led to a lady on Gumtree that sold stick insects for $3 – bargain! My husband I went and got 4 stick insects for my room, cleaned out an old dish tank and collected sticks and leaves all in the space of 4 hours on a Sunday afternoon. Don’t you think the tank looks amazing?! He also made some crafty DIY lids for the top of the tank using fly screen, cardboard and velcro dots!

On Tuesday, my husband took the morning off work and followed me to school to help set up our new friends in my classroom. Apologies in advance for the incredibly unfocused photo of our science table but you get the idea! I’m wanting to add some more magnifying glasses and maybe some little textured bits and pieces for touching.

We have just started to talk about the needs of living things. We made a chart comparing what animals and humans need to live and then the kids completed a graphic organiser showing what they needed to live. Some of the kids really thought hard about what they needed – apples to eat, water bottles to drink from, a house to live in etc;

We also took a little notebook home each week to fill in some observations about our pets which the kids will share with the class during show and tell next week. We’ll also begin to talk about pets in more detail next week! I suggested that maybe we could turn our home corner into a Vet (hoping some of my busy boys might move away from the blocks and into some dramatic play!) and before I knew it, the entire class were happily engaged in some engaging imaginative play!

Since writing this blog, I’ve created my very own Living Things Science Unit which you can grab on Teachers pay Teachers or over in my website store right here.

About the author

Casey is an early years teacher turned stay at home mum to three little learners aged 6 and under. She is passionate about supporting parents that want to use play as a vehicle to bond with their little learners and create magical memories of childhood! You can follow Casey on Instagram right here.


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  1. Wow – so impressed with your ideas Casey! I'm not a fan of living things in my classroom (they ALWAYS die on me!) but the stick insects are a wonderful idea for when we do our similar unit.
    Hope you're having a great week and start to feel better soon.
    Lauren 🙂

  2. You did a great job! We had a stick insect enclosure in my Year 2 classroom 2 years ago and I managed to totally dehydrate the insect so when the person came to pick them up, they were feeling pretty distressed. Looks great

  3. Thanks ladies!! I'm not the best pet owner in the world but I'm hoping the kids will help me so that they survive and maybe even breed one day haha – it might be a bit of a stretch though! So they really do need the water sprayed on them? Ooops I assumed that was just a silly story – I had better spray them on Monday!

  4. I'm a prep teacher from Victoria, and that Primary Connections sheet looks very familiar! We are using Primary Connections too. Science is so much fun to do with the preps – they have such an amazing sense of wonder! I'm really enjoying reading your blog.

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