This month we got caterpillars and have been watching them grow. It has been so much fun everyday to observe them eating, growing, and changing. The students have been recording their observations daily into their science journals noting their size and colors. They learned that the caterpillars have prolegs and true legs. They also learned how to find the head and watch the caterpillars eat. Each student had their own little container with a caterpillar to watch it daily. As the caterpillars ate more food they grew bigger and spun silky threads to climb to the top of the container. Once on top, the caterpillars began to hang in a j formation upside down and turn into the chrysalis stage. After a week in this stage the chrysalis' were moved into a butterfly home. Within a week they began to metamorphosis and change into painted lady butterflies. It was an amazing process to watch and ask fabulous questions. On Friday, we brought our butterfly home to the Baker School Garden and watched as we released them into the wild. Together we chanted, Butterfly, Butterfly, Flutter by, Flutter by. We had a lot of fun watching them fly away.
Watch it emerge!
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