Posts made in March, 2012

Butterflies Day 4 -Butterfly vs. Moth

Butterflies Day 4 -Butterfly vs. Moth

For the last day of our butterfly unit study we focused on the differences between butterflies and moths.  We made a Venn diagram, wrote and acrostic poem, studied a dead moth, and talked about how butterflies find their host plants.  This unit was fun with our live butterflies and we all learned a lot. Butterfly vs. Moth 1. Discuss: Show the children a picture of a butterfly and a moth. Do you see any differences between the two?  There are...

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Butterflies Day 3: Butterfly Anatomy

Butterflies Day 3: Butterfly Anatomy

Now we have moved on to the anatomy of butterflies and moths.  We experimented with how butterflies eat, discovered what symmetry  is, and made some butterfly snacks today. T loves when we make things with food, he is my big sweet eater! Butterfly & Moth Anatomy 1. Discuss: Explain that butterflies and moths are both insects. The order that they belong to are called Lepidoptera. Like other insects, butterflies and moths have three major...

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Butterflies Day 2: Caterpillar Anatomy

Butterflies Day 2: Caterpillar Anatomy

Since butterflies start out as caterpillars we learned about the caterpillars anatomy for our second day of our butterfly unit study.  We had fun with some math, literature, crafts, spelling, and of course science.  We also made a caterpillar lunch today. Caterpillar Anatomy 1. Discuss: Butterflies do all of their growing during the larva stage (caterpillar).  Like all insects they have three distinct body parts (head, thorax, and abdomen). ...

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Butterflies Day 1: Life Cycle

Butterflies Day 1: Life Cycle

For the first day of our butterfly unit study we learned about the butterfly life cycle.  We learned that the butterfly and the moth life cycles are very similar. We made some life cycle crafts and did some writing and reading as well. Butterfly & Moth Life Cycle 1. Discuss: Ask the children “How do butterflies and moths grow? Do they start out as little babies like us or from eggs like snakes, frogs, turtles, and birds?” Because...

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Butterfly Unit Study

Butterfly Unit Study

In this unit study we learned about the life cycle of butterflies and moths, the anatomy of butterflies and moths, and the differences between butterflies and moths.  We also grew a butterfly and record our observations.  This unit study has 4 days worth of lessons, and it takes 3 to 4 weeks to grow the butterfly.  I did this unit study with my 1st grader and I recommend it for Kindergarten to 3rd grade. Butterfly Unit Study Day 1: Butterfly...

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Rainbows Day 5: What Makes a Rainbow

Rainbows Day 5: What Makes a Rainbow

Today we talked about the science behind rainbows.  We learned that all a rainbow needs is light and water so we went outside to try to create some or our own rainbows.  Today we included more rainbow crafts, science, math, literature, and snacks. What Makes a Rainbow Discuss: A rainbow needs light and water for us to see it. Show a simple demonstration of how we bend light by using a straight straw and a clear cup that is half filled with...

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Rainbows Day 4: Double Rainbows

Rainbows Day 4: Double Rainbows

Just last week we saw a double rainbow and I actually got a picture of it with my phone, so we decided to make that day 4 in our rainbow unit study.  We had a rainbow breakfast and lunch and did some more rainbow crafts, math, and science.  The kids loved the mini fruit rainbow pizzas that we had for snack today. Double Rainbows Discuss:In a “primary rainbow”, the arc shows red on the outer part, and violet on the inside. This...

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Rainbows Day 3: Color Wheel

Rainbows Day 3: Color Wheel

For the third day of our Rainbow Unit Study we learned that the rainbow colors make up the artist’s color wheel.  We learned about primary colors, secondary colors, and complementary colors.  We did some color mixing science and made some more yummy rainbow snacks. I also introduced a fun sensory tub today. The Color Wheel Discuss: Primary Color-Red, yellow and blue. Primary colors are the 3 colors that can not be mixed or formed by any...

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Rainbows Day 2: God’s Promise

Rainbows Day 2: God’s Promise

 Today we learned why we have rainbows.  We reviewed the story of Noah’s Ark focusing on the end where they have the promise from God to never destroy the earth again with a flood.  We played with some Noah’s Ark toys and did some Noah’s Ark Crafts..  We also has some more yummy rainbows and did some more science experiments (the kids favorite). God’s Promise Discuss: Genesis 9:13 “I have placed my rainbow in the...

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Rainbows Day 1: Colors of the Rainbow

Rainbows Day 1: Colors of the Rainbow

We spent the first day of our rainbow unit study learning the colors of the rainbow.  We had fun with baking, crafts, reading, science experiments, similes, and math.  The favorite activity for the kids today was definitely the rainbow flower cookies that we made.  The three older kids can now recite all the colors of the rainbow. Colors of the Rainbow Discuss: What are the colors in the rainbow? (ROY G. BIV) Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue,...

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