Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Hungry Caterpillars and Beautiful Butterflies

We read Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar, which is just a fabulous book on so many levels. We've had so much fun already this week, with more to come! Check it out...

First, I replaced our firefly lights, with fun colored butterflies. (I'm starting to think I need to find lights for every theme, because it's so much fun.)

Yesterday we did the first read of the book, making predictions and discussing cause and effect. To further integrate science, I taught them a new song (below). They also colored in a take-home version of the book and chorally read at the end of the day. 


We read the book again today. We retold the story with the help of the free pictures (I think from childcareland.com.) Then they retold the story again to their partners.  This was a good opportunity to integrate math (counting, graphs, days of the week, and growing patterns). 


With our extra time today, I threw in an art project. We reviewed the cause and effect of mixing colors (which we just learned with the book Warthog's Paint: A Messy Color Book), symmetry, and the life cycle of a butterfly as we improved our fine motor skills. 



 

From caterpillars to...

 

butterflies!

I even caught one child putting on a puppet show... (maybe it's a moth?)


The second-graders have been observing the whole butterfly cycle in their rooms. We are very excited to be invited to see the release outside soon.

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