Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Amazing Creatures!

Our reading theme now is Amazing Creatures and we certainly do have some in our classroom.  Besides my 18 amazing "creatures"  :-) , we have two others:

Monarch caterpillars (larvae)

It attached itself with "silk" to the habitat in the characteristic "J" before forming a chrysalis.

Just a few minutes after the children entered the room and saw the "J", one child noticed some green on the caterpillar.  This was the start of making its chrysalis.  The children were so fortunate to be able to watch it molt for the last time and form it's new "skin" that it would live in while the METAMORPHOSIS into a butterfly takes place.  This process takes between 10-15 days.  That didn't stop them from checking out the chrysalis MANY times throughout the day to see if it had changed!

 I took this one today at home.  When you view it in larger size, you can see the eyes much better.

Another type of "Amazing Creature" - found in my garden

And a bumblebee...

Okay, students, I have a question for you: 
How are the butterfly, dragonfly, bumblebee, and grasshopper alike?  How are they different?

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