Second-graders learn about world of bugs Students create own insects


Nobody called the exterminator Friday when an influx of insects entered Carrolltowne Elementary School, or even when they paraded around the second-grade suite after lunch.

In fact, the six-legged creatures were applauded and given awards.

The bugs weren't real, of course. They were models that the second-grade students had created to complete a science unit.

The youngsters celebrated their creations at a fall party, where they made more bugs from apple slices, marshmallows, raisins, licorice sticks and toothpicks.

"We started at the end of September studying the life cycle, characteristics and habitats of insects," teacher Pam Parkhill said. "We even took a trip to Piney Run Nature Center for a program on insects. The kids went out in the woods, observed the insects in their habitat, collected them and brought them back to school to study, then the naturalist talked to the students about insects."

The science project was part of an integrated language arts unit, during which students read and wrote about insects, drew pictures of them, and created their own, Mrs. Parkhill said.

At Friday's party, each class paraded around the middle of the suite, then some students described how they had made their bugs. The most popular insects were praying mantises, bees, ladybugs and butterflies.

Projects ranged from a bumble bee-sized bee to a 5-foot-high tree branch, from which a whitehead hornet's nest made of papier mache hung.

Nathan Cochran made a praying mantis out of clothespins, pipe cleaners and paper wings.

Brett Buchness created a monarch butterfly, which he described as "pretty."

"I was really tickled with the insects," Mrs. Parkhill said. "They're beautiful."

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