This week we continued to study insects! We have a new terrarium in our Atelier that houses a variety of butterfly and moths at different stages of development. We have been closely observing the Painted Lady Butterflies, since they arrived as caterpillars. Because we are authors and scientists, we have been creating our own Butterfly Life Cycle books. So far, we have observed and documented the larvae stage and the chrysalis stage.On Thursday, we observed that one of the chrysalises started moving. We set up a video camera in case the butterfly emerged when we weren't watching. On Friday, we were excited to here that two of the butterflies had emerged from their chrysalis! We watched the amazing video of the butterfly cracking open his chrysalis and slowly spreading his wings on our big screen. (The Tuesday/Thursday class will get to here the news and see the video on Tuesday!)
Here is our video of the Painted Lady Butterfly emerging from the chrysalis:
This week we combined our imagination, creativity and knowledge of insects to make our own insects using materials from the Creation Station. Students gathered materials to create an insect, remembering to include the body parts we learned insects have: head, thorax, abdomen, 6 legs, 2 antennae and 2 compound eyes! The students enjoyed using unique materials to create their very own insects.