(Skip to the bottom to see the MASSIVE amount of caterpillars found outside our classroom!)
1) Draw the outline of the ladybug with 3 body sections. For sizing it was easier for kids to start with the large abdomen, then move on to the smaller thorax, head, antennae and legs.
|Draw: abdomen, thorax, and head|
3) Spread glue all over the outline (within the lines)
4) Put colored scraps in each section
Now for the excitement of our day today!
We are the 1st/2nd classroom, but there is a K-1 classroom that just so happens to be studying insects this month too. One of the teachers came to tell me they found a massive amount of caterpillars on a pole right outside our door.
I went to look and I've NEVER seen anything like it!! There were dozens of caterpillars in various stages of the life cycle all hanging out together on this one cement pole (nowhere near a plant!)!!!! A science lesson dream come true!
|Two caterpillars and a chrysalis|
|Just SOME of the caterpillars on the pole. Look closely to see some cocoons are empty/hatched|
|This moth was on the pole too, so I predict it came out and was drying it's wings, but I could be wrong.|
|Two empty cocoons|
Do you study life cycles in your class? Which insects do you use?