Today was the day many children have been asking for since the beginning of the year. We are learning about the life cycle of the darkling beetle!
Each student received three mealworms to care for. We set up our little habitats, reviewing what the larva would need to survive (food and air, mostly). Then we made careful observations and did some writing and drawing in our science journals. We kept in mind the ABCDs when drawing: accurate, big, colorful, and detailed.
Every morning, after meditation, we will check on our adopted mealworms and carefully note the changes. We may see some shed skin they outgrow it, and will definitely see them transform into a pupa, and finally to the adult stage - a darkling beetle. Maybe we will be lucky enough to see some eggs, so the whole cycle can begin again!