We have some very interesting creatures in our classroom this term and they are VERY hungry!
Here are some of the things we already knew about silkworms…
“They make silk and they look like twigs. They have the colour of some trees. They are greyish bluish.” (Lexi)
“They turn into moths. Moths look a bit like them but with wings.” (Imogen)
“They have little faces, not like worms.” (Emelia)
“They have legs under their body.” (Sanyo)
Mrs Curulli kindly came to visit us on Thursday to show us how to hold the silkworms safely. She also shared lots of interesting facts with us!
“The silkworm feels sticky and soft when it’s on your hand.” (Charlton)
“It feels ticklish when it hits your palm.” (Lexi)
“It kind of feels like dough.” (Jordan)
“When you feel it, it feels squishy.” (Imogen)
Here are just some of the interesting facts we have already learnt about silkworms…
They like to eat mulberry leaves. (Sienna)
They shed their skin 5 times because when they grow up, their old skin can’t grow with them anymore. (Mia R)
They have 6 legs up the top near their head. (Mia C)
The back legs are called suckers. They use them to stick onto places. (Drew)
When the silkworm is 4 weeks old it will go into a cocoon. (Allegra)
Three of our silkworms have already made yellow cocoons!
It takes them nearly two days to spin their cocoon.
They certainly are fascinating creatures!
Here are some of our questions…
How long is the thread from the cocoon?
Can silkworms see, hear and smell?
Do they have eyes?
How long does it take them to lay 500 eggs?
We can’t wait to find out more about the silkworm lifecycle and how the silk from the cocoon is turned into clothes!