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Second Grade Visits Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

The second grade class visited Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens in Belmont, NC on Thursday, October 18th. Students recently concluded a science unit where they studied the life cycles of butterflies and insects. By visiting the botanical garden they were able to visually see what they learned in the classroom as well as were introduced to plants as another living thing that goes through a life cycle. While we were there we also saw lots of bees flying around the garden which aligns to the Common Core standards

Students were able to experience predators and prey in releasing ladybugs into the conservatory to feed off of the aphids. They enjoyed a hands-on activity where they were able to see the stages of mealworms using live insects. Music was incorporated as they learned the parts of an insect (head, thorax, and abdomen). Students saw exotic plants like bananas growing as well as a chocolate plant.

The students enjoyed digging in the corn meal to discover the various stages of the mealworm’s life cycle—egg, puppa, larvae, and adult. Each child left with a terrarium in a bag of a clipping from a Swedish Ivy. Students learned that this process is called propagation and new plants can begin as the roots emerge from the nodes on the stem. Students had the privilege of wearing compound eyes glasses that represented insect eyes. Through the glasses, everything appeared in multiple numbers.

The garden displayed Fall foliage with the changing colors of the leaves as well as the varied flowers that were planted. We saw many pansies, as they enjoy cooler weather. We also witnessed the greens keepers cutting back the leaves of plants to prepare them for the winter weather. The students asked why they did this and we were told it was to keep the garden looking nice since the leaves would die off eventually, just like the trees lose their leaves in the Winter season.

Written by: Jamie Dunleavy
Posted: Oct 29, 2012 by Heather Shulman

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