The students were eager to learn about the themed topic ‘Reptiles and Amphibians’. The educators provided engaging crafts and activities for the students which brought to light some interesting facts about the various types of animals included in the classification, habitat, diet and much more.
Some facts which interested the students were that reptile eggs are fertilized internally and usually laid on dry land, while amphibian eggs are fertilized after being laid in water. Reptiles are born with lungs, while amphibians are born with gills for breathing under water. However, the two types of animals share similarities, such as they are both ectothermic, or cold-blooded animals.
For this craft, which was created for the R-2 students, I read the well-known Dreamtime story, Tidilik the Frog. Inspired by the story, the students utilized their fine motor skills recreating a bloated frog, using various coloured paper.
The students were encouraged to push the boundaries of what a flat piece of paper can do, as the students were encouraged to bend and shape the paper into a sphere. This activity prompted the students to develop their problem-solving skills, by trying to achieve the desired shape through various means. Students were encouraged to use their leadership, teamwork, and communication skills by helping peers who asked for support.
1.4 Children learn to interact in relation to others with care, empathy, and respect
4.2 Children use a range of skills and processes such as problem solving, inquiry, experimentation, hypothesising, researching, and investigating
5.1 Children engage with a range of texts and gain meaning from these texts