We started today with a warm-up exercise. I have a lovely set of life cycle cards that detail the life cycles of the apple tree, butterfly, frog, hen, and mouse. I scattered these cards in random order all over the room, and children scrambled to find all cards of each living thing, and then put them in the correct order. We talked about several important things - that some things are born from eggs, some from seeds, some things are born alive. In other words, understanding that living things have life cycles which include birth, growth, reproduction, and death, but that these cycles vary from one species to another.
I then showed pictures of the mealworm/darkling beetle life cycle. We are starting about mid-way through the cycle, as we don't see the eggs, and many of the mealworms have already grown from tiny worms to medium sized worms (as evidenced by the many shed skins we found). Now we will wait for our larva to turn into pupa, and finally to young adult (lighter in color) and adult (the full grown darkling beetle). This should happen by the end of the school year.
We wrote down detailed observations using nearly all of our senses and drew a picture using the ABCD method (must be Accurate, Big, Colorful, and Detailed).