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Insect Inspection

With magnifying glasses in hand, these young learners explored Washington Early Learning Center’s very own flower garden where sunflowers towered over their heads.

As part of a first grade science and math lesson, teacher Farida Matias challenged the students to search for beetles. It wasn’t difficult to locate bugs like bees and spiders, but beetles were a challenge to find. After identifying the insects, students used the scientific method to study them. They described the beetles, drew pictures of them, and identified basic parts such as their number of legs, wing color and antennae.


“As language learners we want these students to have hands on experiences to expand their vocabulary,” said the students’ teacher, Mrs. Matias. And, she said, first grade is the perfect age to begin the exploration of the scientific method. Students’ exploration of the garden is part of the state’s next generation science standards, required of all schools, which looks at how living things survive in their environment.