Preschoolers Close Out the Year with Critters, Crawlers, and Cuteness


Preschool students studied animals for their final unit of inquiry of the year: “Sharing the planet” – with the central idea of “Living things have needs.”


Classes adopted ladybugs and a hamster… they had a "night at school" day (where everyone came to school in PJs) to learn about nocturnal animals… there was a field trip to the Oregon Zoo… and Critter Cabana (a local pet shop) visited for a presentation – and they brought some special guests! Students got to touch and interact with a ferret, a turtle, a leopard gecko, a bunny, and even a snake! Parents/caregivers also brought household pets to class to talk about the responsibilities of pet ownership, as well as the unique needs of each pet.


What a great way to wrap up the year and learn about being responsible, connected members of our environment. Plus, animals are always a hit with the little ones!