In Primary, we have been exploring animals that don’t have backbones, but aren’t insects. Animals as diverse as jellyfish, coral, sponges, horseshoe crabs, lobsters, mites, ticks, spiders, starfish, worms, centipedes, snails, slugs and millipedes are also invertebrates. They’re having fun exploring this diversity!
They also spent time discussing the difference between insects and spiders. Kindergarteners built models of each, which provided concrete examples of differentiation.
They also had a visit from two giant African millipedes, that are owned by a Lower Elementary student. These large arthropods look a bit intimidating, but are in fact gentle, slow-moving creatures that don’t bite. They are almost a foot long and enjoy eating cucumbers and strawberries. Students have loved watching them throughout the day.