Second grade students at Altmar-Parish-Williamstown (APW) Elementary School are absolutely "buggy" about science.
Second grade classes at APW and across New York state have been busy learning all about insects through the new Common Core Learning Standards.
APW students discovered that there are many different types of insects, could identify and describe the three main body parts of insects: the head, thorax, and abdomen; and also learned about such things as exoskeletons, metamorphosis and molting. In conjunction with the students' classroom learning about insects, the school's second grade teaching team partnered with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County for an "Insectaganza" program. The program took students out of their classrooms and gave them an opportunity to be entomologists or insect scientists for the day.
This cooperative learning opportunity provided a real-life perspective to science, allowing students to catch and study such insects such as grasshoppers, butterflies, moths, ants and beetles in their own habitat.