This page again was inspired by Melissa Hill---her Pinterest page. (I am terrible with clusters! She is a master of clusters, so I copied . . .)

The left page of this two-page spread is here:

This is an epic story---well, maybe not **epic**, but at least entertaining (for me!). Our third-grade class this year is studying bugs in science, and they've been catching bugs all year. Praying mantis have been their favorite; they currently have two alive in their classroom with two oothecae (egg sacks) waiting to hatch.

"Our third-grade class at school is studying bugs in their science class this year. The teacher, Melanie Martin, has been catching bugs all semester and keeping them in aquariums and jars all over her classroom. One of the first bugs she brought in was a female praying mantis. It was a small one, about three inches long. The kids were fascinated, and the students who live out in the country started bringing them in whenever they could find them. (Apparently, it’s quite often!) One boy brought in an albino mantis, though it probably wasn’t a true albino, but rather a tan variety. It was a big male, very aggressive, and not too happy about being kept in captivity. I wanted to get pictures of them but taking a picture inside, through a glass jar, wasn’t going to be ideal. So I mentioned to a friend of mine who lives on a farm, “If your boys come across another mantis, can they bring it in for me so I can get pictures?” A few weeks later, her middle son, Kayden, slammed a plastic cup down on the piano before chapel started. I stood up and looked in, and there was a beautiful four-inch-long female mantis. She looked a little sluggish, so I didn’t want to keep her in the cup all day until I went home. Besides, I didn’t really want to pick her up. So I ran home, got my camera, and enlisted my teenage math students to come outside and help me. They opened up the cup and deposited her on a nice, warm leaf, and I started taking pictures. She posed for a while, and then we went inside. I found her through the morning as the light changed and got more pictures. At lunch time, when we came out to find her, she was gone. We were hoping she had gone somewhere to find some bugs. No one could find her this morning either. I was glad to get the pictures when I could, because she is a master of disguise!"


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