Grade 5s Love Spiders
On Thursday, June 21, 2018, I met up with a school group who was about to head to the new spider exhibit at @romtoronto for National Indigenous Peoples Day. Once we got to the exhibit, we started off with a group photo (Instagram wouldn't let me show all of you, sorry guys). For the most part, the kids, a class of Grade 5s, were left to roam the gallery for about 20 minutes. As I am sure many have experienced in the past, this age group could be a little rowdy. To keep them calm and teach them about some indigenous culture, the group leader had them repeat the words, "quiet voices," which she translated into her native language.
The kids couldn't get enough of it. One kid got right up to the magnifying lens and took a closer look at some of the amazing spiders on display. He hung around that spot for a while before the group moved to the next stage of the exhibit.
By reading the material and interacting with the exhibit the kids learned a lot about many of the different arachnids in the world. Each pair of kids had a task: learn everything you can about one of the spiders in the exhibit and tell your partner about it. I stumbled across two kids just taking a moment to appreciate a large photograph of a spider with eggs on her back. Reading is great, but seeing is believing!
Overall, I think the kids had a great time. They learned about spiders, they got some lessons on indigenous peoples, and they got to move around while doing it. Isn't learning fun?! Go check it out for yourselves!! P.S. Forgot my DSLR camera, but a phone does in a pinch. #technology #planB