Sunday, May 15, 2011

From Caterpillar to Chrysalis

Last week we watched an amazing transformation.

Our caterpillars went from crawling around their cup to hanging from the top as chrysalids (the plural of chrysalis).

We have also spent the week participating in other caterpillar activities such as: putting together life cycle of a caterpillar floor puzzles, looking at caterpillars through magnifying glasses, playing with insect puppets, making caterpillar art projects, reading caterpillar books, and playing with life cycle of a caterpillar plastic toys.

Things we learned about caterpillars this week:
-Caterpillars come out of an egg.
-Moths make a cocoon and butterflies make a chrysalis.
-Caterpillars come in all shapes and sizes.
-Birds and insects like to eat caterpillars.
-When caterpillars are ready to change, they crawl onto a leaf and their skin falls off. Their skin underneath turns into the hard shell.
-Inside the chrysalis an amazing change is happening.

Here are pictures we have of the caterpillars and their transformation so far:

Check out an animation of The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Here is a retelling of the story in sign language:

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