Friday, March 27, 2009

School Days


My K-2nd class is finishing up Butterfly Week. A parent ordered painted lady caterpillars for us and they have just emerged from their chrysalises!



This is what we did: (From the Butterfly Thematic Unit by Mary Ellen Sterling from Teacher Created Materials
  • Read The Life of a Monarch Butterfly and Where Butterflies Grow.
  • Did a journal entry/drawing about the day the first butterflies emerged.
  • Learned about the parts of a caterpillar and butterfly.
  • Reviewed life cycle.
  • Designed flowers for bulletin board and decorated them with colored chalk.
  • Made butterfly life cycle books: a sentence and drawing about each stage per page. on butterfly-shaped paper.
  • And today at the end of the day we will release our butterflies into the 'wild.'

It was simple but very fun, left lots of room for questions and exploration!

4 comments:

Amber <3 said...

You are so awesome. When my kids start schooling I am totally going to come to you for some arts and crafts Ideas!

Love you

Anwen said...

Yay! Hey I have some prescool teacher books i am not using...want to borrow them? I can't wait to have a little one of my own, because you can teach so much when there are only a few. I love to see kids interested inthings and help them in their discovery! When you've got a huge group (I usually had 24-27, with help of course), you are mostly trying to keep them from beating/pinching/biting each other black and blue!

Elizabeth G. said...

Sounds like some awesome learning is taking place in your classroom. I bet you are a great teacher!
Wonderful ideas!
Elizabeth

Alexandra said...

That is one of the prettiest bulletin boards that I have seen! What a blessing for the children to see something not premade and "boxed" in loud primary colors.