The week concluded with the release of our butterflies. We have been observing these tiny insects for several weeks now. Watching in awe as they progress through their life cycle, from caterpillar through metamorphosis to strong adult butterflies. On Friday afternoon, the Huckleberries waved bon voyage as Ms. Aimee released the butterflies. Good Luck Doritos and Buttery and Flitterfly and Crystal and John and Ruby and Fluttery and all our beautiful butterflies!
With the Monarchs overwintering in Mexico and our Painted Ladies taking flight, our attention has shifted to Pacific Salmon. The Chinook Salmon in our classroom tank are still in the eyed egg stage. This week we noticed that if you looked closely at the redds, you could see both eyes and perhaps even the spine of the developing fish. If all goes well, we will see these fish develop from eyed eggs to alevin to fry. As with all life cycles, only time will tell if the animals will successfully develop. If we are successful, the salmon will need to be placed in the Willamette River to continue their life cycle and migration. I would love for the Huckleberries to be the ones to place the salmon into the river. Thus, I would like to tentatively suggest a field trip on Tuesday, December 17th to Willamette Park in West Linn. If you are interested in joining us and would be willing to drive students, please email me.
This week we began our Salmon Pillows. Each Huckleberry chose one of the five species of Pacific Salmon: Chinook, Sockeye, Chum, Pink, or Coho. Then, with careful precision added lined details and painted spawning colors. These beautiful salmon skins will be sewn pillows. If you are interested in helping to stuff and sew salmon pillows, we would welcome your help on Wednesday, November 20th. My mother, Mrs. Fety will be there to teach us a figure-eight stitch that will be sure to keep all the stuffing inside the fish.
* Snowflake Scamper Thursday, November 21st, 3:15 pm
* Grandparent's Day Friday, November 22nd, 8:00 am