Tuesday, 25 March 2014

The Life Cycle of a Butterfly...

Yesterday Faisal brought in something very special from home for our class ... a piece of his swan plant complete with a baby caterpillar and 3 chrysalis. The plant is in water so that it can stay nice and fresh and the caterpillar has been nibbling away overnight.  Already he is bigger than he was yesterday morning.  We wonder how long it might take until he is ready to turn into a chrysalis too?  

Can you spot the little caterpillar?
We had a very close look at the chrysalis' and were amazed to notice the outline of the wings on the butterfly curled up inside it. We liked the speckles of gold around the top and were very interested in how the chrysalis attaches to the plant.  We are a bit concerned about when the butterflies come out of their chrysalis' - whether we'll be in class so we can release them outside, as there is little for them to live off in our classroom.  Maybe they'll nibble on the watercress we're growing?!

We planted watercress 2 weeks ago.  1/2 of them are
growing well, the other 1/2 not so much...
We talked about the lifecycle of a butterfly and everyone shared their ideas and knowledge with the class.  We came up with this flow chart of what we think happens...


We then googled the life cycle of a butterfly...


And the children wrote some stories about butterflies...



Keep an eye on our blog to see what happens next ...

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