Today we studied snakes along with the letter S and the sound it makes. Montana is home to only one venomous snake out of 10 total species that live here. It is, of course, the rattlesnake. The country with the most deadly snakes is Australia, and the country with the least would be Ireland, with zero.
Today we talked about the blobfish, recently voted as the ugliest animal in the world (hard to disagree), and the concept of treating all animals with the respect they deserve. We can’t just save the cute animals, we need to save the ugly ones as well.
Sometimes children love animals so much that they do things that aren’t in the animal’s best interest. We spoke about the idea of treating wild animals as wild, and leaving them in their environment where they belong.
A recent study has shown that students who read for pleasure have higher scores in school across all subjects, even when compared to children who have high academic scores but don’t read at home. I think reading for pleasure is something that can sometimes be extinguished along a child’s educational career if teachers and parents aren’t careful.
Today we played with some ferro fluid, which is a liquid with metal fragments suspended in it, making it a magnetic liquid. As you can imagine it has some really interesting properties.
We studied cephalopods (meaning ‘head-feet’) today in science, these are the class of animal that includes octopus, squid and nautilus. We drew a few of them, and watched part of a video about the cuttlefish’s amazing ability to camouflage themselves.