Night Creatures

Can you believe it is October 20th??? How did this happen? The year is flying by and this week was a doozy!

Well we went on our first field trip on Tuesday to the Moli'i Fish Pond on Kualoa Ranch.  If you are familiar with the show Lost, or these movies 50 First Dates or Jurrassic Park then you have seen Kualoa Ranch.

Kualoa Ranch is a private ranch that was established in 1850. It is a 4,000 acre cattle ranch that is family owned.  The picture above is from Lost.

This picture is from our Field Trip!! Crazy that I got the same exact view!!  This is actually a huge fish pond that the ancient Hawaiians fished and helped to take care of their community.  It is part of a system called an Apuhua'a.  Basically  the run off from the rain collected here before it reached the ocean.  The pond is filled with lots of different critters that help keep the system in balance.

I thought this would be a great field trip to start off our study of Habitats and Interdependence among plants and animals.

We started off the trip with a boat ride around the pond.  I forgot to take a picture of the boat since I was herding kids and hoping no one would fall in.

Our guide showed us the ancient rock wall that has lasted hundreds of years.

These are gates that are used to let in more fish when the pond is running low.

Our guide also told us that poachers sneak into the pond quite a bit and rig up lines on the gates to steal fish.

After our boat tour we got to look at some creatures from the pond and surrounding waters.

Can you guess what this is??

They are jellyfish!  I have never seen one so close or so big!  I had to really watch to make sure no little hands went in that tub!!

They did get to put their hands in this seaweed and hunt for little fish hiding in there.  After 30 hands grabbing and finding these little guys, I hope they survived to see another day!

We took a tour of the surrounding orchards which included mangoes, papayas, avocadoes, breadfruit and bananas.

The pond and surrounding areas were absolutely beautiful!  We ended our trip with
some quiet contemplation around the edge of the pond.

The kids had a great time and we were all exhausted when we got back!

In class the day before we had talked about Pond Life and created some webs to help us focus more on our trip. 

It was a great way to start off our Habitat study with a twist.  I decided this year to focus on Nocturnal Animals in all of the different habitats.  I thought it would be fun since Halloween is upon us and kids love learning about night creatures.

We plan to cover one habitat a week and learn all about the nocturnal creatures in each one.  I hope we have enough time to get through it!  The culminating activity will be to let my students choose their favorite creature and write a research report. 

All of my ideas for this are in my latest creation.

 It is jam packed full of ideas and activities that you can use to teach habitats.

If you are interested just click on the pic to check it out.  I love my faithful readers so I will send it to the first 3 people who leave me a comment and their email.

Hope you made it through this long post!! I plan to post more of our fun ideas as we continue our night creature study.


  1. I would love this! My kids love animals.
    Teaching in the Valley

  2. Love!!

  3. We are about to work on bats next week! Perfect!

  4. Looks like a fun field trip!! Your unit looks great!

    The First Grade Dream

  5. Can I be a kid in your class? What great experiences these kids are getting from you!
    Amy Howbert
    Little Miss Organized

    1. Thanks Amy, you gotta hook em with the fun and then they will do everything else for you;)

  6. What amazing pictures.....that is a very exciting field trip. Love the comparison pics to Lost, breathtaking scenery. You are a talented photographer !

    1. You are so sweet Diane! I actually forgot my good camera! I remembered I had my phone and had to use that to take all of these pics!

  7. What an awesome field trip! It looks much much different than AZ! :)
    Sweet Times in First

    1. Thanks Sandra! We plan to go to AZ in December. My girls love going up to Flagstaff to see snow:)

  8. So jealous, what an awesome field trip. Thanks for sharing the picts.


  9. That shounds like a great field trip. I want to be a student in your classroom.


    1. I'm a pretty mean teacher, you might want to rethink that, lol!

  10. That's right my by husbands house where he grew up! Driven by it many times! Looks like an awesome field trip!
    Tonya’s Treats for Teachers

    1. That's right Tanya, it is near Kaneohe. It was about a 45 minute drive from the school.

  11. lol - so ummm...those jellyfish?? yeah...they don't look like jellyfish..hehehe!
    and I LOVE your positive/negative pictures - and your night time pack looks great!

    1. Thanks Jen, yeah I guess they do look like something else, lol! You should have seen them moving in that little bucket. I can't imagine running into one in the water!

  12. What an awesome field trip! We are studying habitats right now, too! So fun. Love all of your pictures.
    ❤Dragonflies in First ❤

  13. Yay! Lost! I'm so excited! That is SUCH a cool field trip! And your product is super-adorable... you are truly talented!

    Madame Aiello @ Teaching FSL

    1. One of my favorite surf spots is around the corner from where they had their camp set up for LOST. I will have to take some more pics;)

  14. What an amazing field trip!
    I see those funny looking red jelly fish washed up on our beaches occasionally! They're a bit freaky looking, aren't they?


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