Caterpillars and Butterflies
By Maggie Monge, Assistant Teacher
Investigating metamorphosis, the children in MWF AM Twos spent the spring quarter observing painted lady caterpillars go through all the stages of transformation. When the beautifully colored butterflies emerged at last, the children watched fascinated as Teacher Kitti lured them one-by-one onto flowers treated with sugar water, where they feasted before fluttering away.
Throughout the stages of metamorphosis, the children used many different mediums to learn about the process. With close views of the caterpillars, chrysalises, and butterflies, the children represented what they saw through drawings, paintings, and clay. Most of the butterflies emerged from the chrysalis stage overnight but one, the morning cloak, emerged as the children watched, awestruck, observing that its drying wings were moving very slowly. Along with the observations, the class talked about metamorphosis at story time, read stories such as The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and sang songs about caterpillars and butterflies. In the project’s culminating activity, the children performed “The Dance of the Butterflies” with colored scarves to the music of Mozart, Vivaldi, and Grieg.