Head, Thorax, Abdomen!
The Kinders at Atwater Elementary learned all about ants! We read a story called “Hey, Little Ant” by Phillip and Hannah Hoose. It led to a great discussion about whether they would squish an ant if they came across it while going about their day. We made a rule that the garden is the ant’s home so we should leave them alone. But in the students’ homes, if they came across an ant, they could do whatever their family decides. We used magnifying glasses and searched for ants in the garden. We sang a song learning the three body parts of an ant called “Head, Thorax, Abdomen” to the tune of “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes”. The students LOVED it! And then we created ants using ink pads and the students’ thumbs. Each ant had to have three thumb prints to represent the head, thorax, and abdomen. Then the students added 2 antennae and 6 legs to their ants.