1stand 2ndgrade classrooms throughout the school district are participating in TEF facilitated projects this spring whereby they are learning about life cycles. Becca Hall, a first grade teacher at West Elementary, is the program coordinator for our Butterflies and Chicks in the Classroomprogram. Mrs. Hall and the 1stgrade teachers and students throughout Tooele County School District have been readying their classrooms to learn more about how caterpillars become butterflies, and she has been helping 2ndgrade classrooms to do the same as they prepare to observe sterile chicken eggs hatch before their very eyes.
While both groups will be doing a great deal of reading and writing as they venture forth with this learning, they will also have many opportunities to observe and collect data related to the life cycle changes they see over time. This kind of engaging, hands-on learning lends itself to becoming more knowledgeable scientists as students explore the biological world around them. While this is a fun and interesting way to help students acquire more knowledge, this kind of learning also teaches students some important lessons in responsibility. Besides the academic benefits, students learn how to feed and care for animals and see for themselves just how fragile and complex the life cycle process is.
The Tooele Education Foundation hopes these young students experience a sense of wonder learning many amazing facts as they explore the topic of life cycles!