They were very excited to see that there were caterpillars inside of the box. Immediately they began to wonder things about the caterpillars. "Are they predators?" "How many legs do they have?" "Are they a type of worm?" "Can caterpillars grow up?"
I set them up a few different ways for the kids to observe and record what they notice.
I made sure to also incorporate books for research and paper for observations and story paper for butterfly inspired stories.
I also set out an area for small world play but added clay for them to create their own butterflies or caterpillars for their stories.
Th kids created sculptures of a blue morpho butterfly emerging out of its chrysalis. We stuffed a paper bag with scrap paper and used the iPad to see what their chrysalis looked like. They were light green, round on the top and pointy on the bottom. They went about trying to replicate it!
Some friends enjoyed using the language of sculpture to show what they noticed about butterflies.
I loved how they also recorded their observations and labeled the parts of the butterfly while at the sculpture table!
Finally, it was time to give them thier freedom. We took them outside and let them go. One decided to stick around and let the kids take a very close look for quite a long time!
We documented what we learned by creating the butterfly life cycle to hang in the hallway to show other students what we learned.
The kids also loved creating butterflies out of coffee filters in this oldie but goodie activity! They used water based markers to create beautiful designs on the filter and then we sprayed them with water. The affect was bright and beautiful! They wrapped a pipe cleaner around the filter for the body and antennas.
Here are a few other things going on in our room!
Exploring the attributes of three dimensional shapes.
Exploring the attributes of two dimensional shapes.
Creating addition and subtraction stories using insects.
Writing and reading sight words or c-v-c words the old fashioned way: with a quill and ink (or in this case, liquid water colors).
In our dramatic play area, they have turned it into a jewelry making area! A lot of math is happing in this area! Patterns, symmetry and measuring mostly.
The kids have been showing an interest in knocking over dominoes so next, we are going to explore Rube Goldberg machines and see where that takes us!