Butterflies Galore!



Okay, here is round 2 of my science addiction!  Stay tuned for round 3 coming soon!!  HINT: It has to do with eggs!
My first graders really loved our fun with butterflies!  It finally got warm enough to let them go this past week.  My daughter hated seeing them go!
But we still had fun!!
Last year, I got the caterpillars from a local garden.  I ordered them this year and did the whole cup thing.  It worked a little better this year!
                            
  
The students used a black and white version of this booklet to complete their worksheets and craftivities.
                           
 Last year, the Botanical Gardens in Tucson gave us real samples of exotic butterfly wings and chrysalis'.  We used them to compare and contrast.  They really liked this.
                           

                           
 We passed the caterpillars around and documented our observations.
                           

                           
 Sequencing has been our focus this week and we combined that with art to make these life cycle books.
                          

                          

 My first graders loved watching the caterpillars change.  
                          
They even watched them wiggle into a chrysalis.
                          
                                   
I found some flowers to keep in the habitat.  They also would drink from the orange slices we gave them.  We had to wait 2 extra weeks before we let them go so they wouldn't freeze.
                          
My daughter helped release them in our yard.  They loved the flowers blooming on our almond trees!
                         
If you would like to do this with your students, you can grab my Butterfly Unit with all these activities and directions on getting you started.  Click the picture link below to see more.

  
Have a wonderful Easter with your family and friends!

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