This morning we decided to exlpore the idea of research. Some children are convinced that they know the identities of our mystery insects, primarily based on clues and photographs from insect books. We asked them to find facts to support their predictions. The discussion started during our Morning Meeting:
Good morning entomologists,
Remember that entomologists are scientists who study insects. They ask lots of questions and research for answers. Let's discuss how we can do research and prove what we think the mystery larvae are.
Put your thinking caps on!
We talked about using the table of contents and index in books to narrow the search. Sometimes, facts can also help us to eliminate insects (It's not a dragonfly because dragonflies take a year or two to become adults).
Here's what the children's research "proved:"
I found a picture of a cocoon and it doesn't look like our chrysalids. Moths make coccoons so I think we have butterflies.
This picture of mosquito larva looks just like our mystery insects #3 and the book says that they swim by wriggling.
I know they are butterflies because they have balls at the top of their antennae.
I read in one book that butterflies like to fly during the daytime, so I think we have butterflies.