First graders at BFA Fairfax investigated insects earlier this fall. The children learned about structures that help insects survive and grow, such as the compound eye.

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To test out what it would be like to see with compound eyes like insects, students tried using multi-lens viewers. They did a comparison between a human and an insect eye and looked at the same object with both eyes and drew a picture for each of what they saw.

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Another important concept these first graders explored was the different ways that insects eat. A butterfly is an insect that uses a proboscis to get. A proboscis is like a straw. So the class used straws (proboscis) to see what it would be like to get food just like a butterfly.

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Then the students observed features that insects have to help them survive, such as camouflage that helps make these bugs more difficult for predators to spot them!

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As part of this STEM unit, students were proud to design their own insect t-shirts!

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The first-grade class enjoyed engaging in outdoor discovery in a connected way using STEM.

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