Today we looked at some Picasso paintings. Famous for distorting the human figure and creating a truly staggering amount of work, Picasso’s most famous painting is probably la Guernica, which is over 25 feet long.
We watched a clip where capuchin monkeys were unfairly rewarded for performing the same simple task. Once it was understood that one monkey was receiving grapes while the other was receiving cucumber, he quickly became upset and rejected his initial reward. It shows how similar animals are to us, and how fairness may be something hard coded into our consciousness.
We had Kasha visit our classroom today with her collection of geckos and snakes to show the kids. Her website, where she sells her bred animals, is mtgecko.com.
Some kids chose not to hold the snake.
No folders went home today because we didn’t have any important papers to send, so rest easy.
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.