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Let’s Study Metamorphosis – Translation: Let’s Watch Our Tadpoles Change Into Frogs!

You know how I love Nature Study. Well, I told the kids to be on the lookout for tadpoles. We live in a subdivision, and the only ponds here have alligators in them (!), but I was hopeful that somehow they would find tadpoles for me. I had read a blog post last year at In Lieu of Preschool about how they raised tadpoles.

One day, Shawn and Anna returned from a walk and said that they had seen a bunch of tadpoles in some muddy water-filled ruts. I got excited and asked them to bring me some. Yesterday, they were headed out for a walk, so I gave them an old container and asked them to bring me some tadpoles. They did!

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I raised tadpoles when I taught first grade in public school when I still lived at home. I was able to get fresh pond water and moss for them regularly. I just kept them in a big bucket of my dad’s. We watched them develop all the way into frogs that hopped around all over the place. My class loved it!

Here I wasn’t sure how much moss or pond water I would be able to get, so I did what Genny at In Lieu of Preschool did. I went to the pet store and got supplies and asked a few questions.

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We went to Petco and got an aquarium called a Pet Keeper and some rocks and water conditioner to make tap water safe. We added some of our pretty blue glass beads and some seashells. Then I put them all together, put the water conditioner in and put the tadpoles in their new home.

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We have 8 tadpoles!

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From Genny’s post I found out that they can eat boiled lettuce, so that is what we’ve been feeding them.

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They seem to like to eat upside down!

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When I first saw this guy belly-up I was afraid that he was dead. But then I found out that he likes to eat that way.

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One unusual thing that we noticed about our tadpoles is that they have a spiral on their bellies.

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You can see this one’s spiral tummy and his mouth.

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On some of them you can see the beginning of back legs. They just look like little nubs right now.

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They like to swim together.

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The whole family is enjoying watching the tadpoles swim around. It will get even more exciting as we see them develop legs and change into frogs. We have a lid for our Pet Keeper so that when they do get their hopping legs, we will be able to keep them contained for a little while before we release them.

I also have a lapbook about Amphibians from A Journey Through Learning that we are going to be working through in the next few weeks.

I can feel a great unit study coming on!

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