The Early Years: An Invertebrate Gardenby: Peggy Ashbrook

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For farmers and gardeners, slugs and snails may be serious pests that will limit the amount of harvest, but for a child, they represent a world to be explored. To teachers, however, invertebrates are tools for broadening students’ understanding about animals, the connections between animals and habitats or plants, and an engaging subject to write about. This month’s column describes how science teachers can cultivate an invertebrate garden that will yield a bountiful harvest just in time for the first day of school.

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  • on Wed Aug 24, 2011 12:09 PM

Constructing areas in the school yard that provide food, shelter and water for invertebrates found in a simple garden can be an exciting way for young children to learn about the needs of animals and a way to attract, observe and draw about what they learn. This can then extend to reading about these little creatures as well.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

  • on Fri May 27, 2011 2:43 PM

I must admit as a gardener dealing with a very wet spring which is perfect conditions for slugs and snails, I was not keen on this article's title. Upon reading it I can see how introducing young children to invertebrates in the garden is a great science exploration. This will connect them to habitats and plants these invertebrates, as well as worms and spiders, inhabit.

Arlene Jurewicz Leighton
Arlene Jurewicz Leighton

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