This week, we continued reading The Cricket in Times Square. As the children got really into it, they discovered that the nature program at Triple R needs crickets, and we are going to help by raising our own crickets.
The room began buzzing with excitement and questions. Before everyone shared their thoughts, they had to pause and write down all the questions that were in their minds. They then shared with their group, and finally as a whole class. I wrote all of the questions down for everyone to see. The very first one was “Why do they need crickets?”
A few days later, we organized the questions into three groups (needs of the cricket, what we would need, and information about crickets). The children then decided which group they would enjoy researching, and each wrote the questions down into their cricket notebooks.
Then on Friday, we had a special guest! One of the children’s mom came in and shared her insect collection. She shared information about crickets like their ears are on their front legs or that they have two sets of eyes. She told us how we can tell the difference between a female and a male cricket, and the male crickets are the only ones that chirp. The children loved it, and they had so many questions about all they had learned. Just wait until next week, when they start doing their own research about crickets.