FOR THE DAILY SOUTHERNER
Stocks Elementary School first graders on Friday participated in fun insect-related activities at “Buggy Day.”
The day began with a lecture from Entomologist Bruce Panneton from Edgecombe Community College. Panneton discussed his study of insects with the students before they broke off into groups to learn more about bugs through exciting activities.
One group read a book about ants before running a relay where each student “ant” ran to the picnic blanket, grabbed a piece of food and ran back to rub “antennas” with another “ant” so he or she could take their turn running to grab the food.
Another learned about the different stages of being a butterfly and did an egg race while acting out the stages such as crawling on the ground like a caterpillar or “flying” through the air like a butterfly.
One group even hopped on giant bouncy balls across the grass like a grasshopper.
The first grade then hunted for bugs throughout the garden area, identifying the bug body parts.
Throughout the day, students learned the importance of bugs and how they help the ecosystem such as bees pollinating plants and how they make important products such as honey, silk and shellac.
Stocks Elementary is located at 400 Hope Lodge St. in Tarboro and serves 528 students.