The Grade 2 students were true inquirers during our field trip to the Oi Bird park on Wednesday. The purpose of our trip was to make observations of the marshlands and the species living there to help us understand more about how human activities can challenge plant and animal survival.
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As we walked along the trails and looked out the windows from the blinds onto the mudflats, the students observed, took pictures, questioned, made connections, talked about what they saw and wondered.
Back in the classroom, we listed and drew pictures of the plants, animals and human-made things that we noticed at Oi Bird Park. Next, using the prompts listed below, we thought about our ideas, shared our ideas with a partner and wrote our ideas down in sentences.
-How are the animals and plants at Oi Bird Park connected in the food chain or food web?
-How did the human-made things at Oi Bird Park hurt or help the animals and plants?
-How do animals connect to the marshland or forest environments by using camouflage?
Here is what the children wrote after thinking about and discussing their ideas with a partner.
I think the great egret eats fish. Then the fish eat plankton.
I think humans harm nature by habitat loss and global warming.
I think that toads can camouflage at water.
The great egret is eating lots of fish.
I think the fish eat other fish.
The jungle crow camouflaged in the dark.
I saw a bee eating a flower.
I think the bee takes the pollen.
I saw a crab that was in the pond, and it was brownish like the pond (mud).
Water is needed by living things.
I think crabs eat grass.
The human that made that place is helping animals.
A toad was camouflaged because the toad was brown, and it was on a brown dirt.
A spider makes a web, and when a bug gets stuck in the web, the spider eats it.
I saw a human cutting a tree.
I think the human is going to make something else with the tree.
I saw ants eating bugs. I think bugs eat blood.
Paths hurt ants because paths destroy their home.
I saw a toad camouflaged on a leaf.
I think the baby snail ate the tree.
I think the lizard laid on the rock to find food to eat.
I think the people are hurting the bird because the bird cannot live at the bamboo or the lizard cannot live at the bamboo (which was cut down).
I think the Japanese beetle eats the ladybug.
I saw a snail eating a tadpole.
I think plants help animals because the plant has a tree, and birds will
live (in the tree).
A human cut down the trees so it hurts the nature.
In the water the snail was camouflaging and the mud was slippery.
I saw a bird, and the bird was black, and the branch was black, so I couldn’t see the bird well.
Humans hurt the nature by cutting down trees!
I saw a toad in a muddy lake, and it was camouflaged in the muddy lake!
A spider caught a bug and ate it.
They make bird houses, and let the bird be safe.
A toad was camouflaged in the water.
A lizard was camouflaged on a rock.
I think a beetle eats a baby ladybug.
I think a spider eats big bugs.
Toads eat flies.
When people cut down trees, other people will lose oxygen, and when birds are on the tree that people are cutting, the bird will be flat like a fly.
I saw in the water a path, and I think a snail or a slug made the path because the color of the skin looks like the dirt in the water.
Many students saw a lizard, but I didn’t see anything, but I know it eats flies.
I think the blind hurts plants and animals because it is crushing the plants, and they chop down trees to make the blind.
I did not see the green lizard hiding on in the green leaf, because they’re the same color.
I think the spiders eat the bugs by using it’s web.
I think bees suck the nectar from the flower.
I think some kinds of birds eat the fish.
Grasshoppers camouflage in plants.
Lizards camouflage on rocks.
Toads camouflage on rocks.
I think I saw a spider eating a white dot.
I saw people cutting down trees.
People made fences and the birds might get hurt.
I saw a toad camouflaging itself in the water. I think it was scared to see people.
I saw a grasshopper camouflaging itself so well because first I couldn’t see it. It was hiding in a leaf.
I think I saw a great egret eating a fish.
I saw a person cutting down trees.
I saw that the blind was made out of wood.
I saw grasshopper camouflaging. I thought it was good at camouflaging because it was on a leaf, and I couldn’t see it well.