Tuesday, November 27, 2012
The bug catalog is here! (I felt like Steve Martin when he got his new phone book.) Anyway, I finally got the biological supply catalog that I had requested and now it's time to put in an order for...roaches! No, not cockroaches, Madagascar hissing roaches!
I've had a colony in my classroom since 1997. For years they procreated but now their numbers are dwindling. It's time to add some "fresh blood" to the mix. They're pretty pricey--around $10 each!
Ewww! You say. Most of my students say, "Cool!" They love having the responsibility of feeding and watering them. The roaches are so prehistoric looking. I can just imagine them walking about with dinosaurs.
We study food chains, metamorphosis, and life cycles so these bugs fit into my curriculum. They don't sting, bite, pinch, or fly. They bear their young live. They hiss. They are fun, as creepy crawlers go.
I love having classroom pets. (fish and guinea pigs, too) What about you? Do you have pets in your classroom? Leave me a comment. I'd love to hear from you!