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Someone recently asked what I did on my Labor Day weekend. It usually revolves around getting the last minute things ready for school.
But the most important thing that has happened every year for the last few years is that I collect Monarch caterpillars. In Michigan you can find them all summer long eating on Milk Weed plants. But I wait until this weekend and make a trip back to my mom and dad's farm. They live in a little town called Lennon near Flint, and have a railroad tracks behind their farm. It's loaded with milk weed plants. I take my nieces with me and teach them how to search gently for these critters and how to stay away from the poison ivy!
It wasn't long before we found this guy!
We kept looking and found 6 total! It was a very exciting search!
Life cycles used to be a 2nd grade objective, but now it belongs to 1st. This is one activity I hated to give up! I decided that if I could get my specimens for free, then I could find some time to do a review for these 2nd graders. They (and me too!) find it so interesting to watch the whole process.
Here's some more.
Do you know what that is in the bottom of the jar? Yup! It's poop! Caterpillar poop has a special name. . . it's called Frass! And take one guess as to what color it is? . . . .
This little guy died. . . so now I have only 5.
Look at the holes in the leaves where they have been eating. Hungry Howies!
This will be their home for the next couple weeks.
I cover the jar with some left over tulle from my kids' weddings and wa la!
We are set to watch them change!
My kids can use this as an intro to our science program, as writing topics, as discussion topics, as measuring their growth, and also as watching them very closely!
Now if you are still with me. . . I have to share something I grabbed from Live Laugh and Love to Learn.
I saw on her blog a game similar to Boggle, but using numbers instead. If you click on this link and scroll down near the bottom you'll see her game called Add It Up.
I created my own Add It Up game and this is what it looks like.
I'm in the process of making a recording sheet for them to put their problems of adding two or three numbers, but I'm having trouble with excel! Stay tuned. When I get it to work, I'll repost this.
I'm so excited to have this back up for that Just In Case time!