Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Coffee Filter Butterflies

These coffee filter butterflies were a must do for my spring unit this year. I just had to pass long my idea! It's too cute! My kids loved it! I did it right along when I taught the life cycle of a butterfly. 

 Here is how we made them, pictures, words and all!

We water colored coffee filters and let them dry. (I have also colored the coffee filters with washable markers and then sprayed with a water bottle.)  Love the colors!

Then I hung toilet rolls-yes, I know! From the ceiling, as the cocoon. I stuffed the coffee filter inside the cocoon. The coffee filters stay up in the toilet rolls with out covering the bottom. The cocoons hung for almost a week.

Then after a week, the butterflies were ready to fly. I scrunched up the coffee filter and fanned out the wings, clipped a close pin and tied a pipe cleaner as the antennae. 

The butterflies are so cute hanging from their cocoons! I just might keep them up for the rest of the year! 

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Feeling Buggy!

This week we talking all about bugs. We were fortunate to find caterpillars from outside and some have already turned into their cocoons! So exciting! Yes, they will probably be moths, but it's still exciting, and free- I won't have to buy them from Insect Lore! Here are a few things we did this week. Here is a link for my Graphing Bugs and the spinner that goes with it. Graphing Bugs. Bugs Spinner. We read the The Very Hungry Caterpillar and I got this idea from the blog, Chalk Talk and make my own graph. We graphed how healthy the caterpillar is. Here is the link: Healthy Caterpillar. We started the week off with a insect alphabet, another great idea from Chalk Talk. Here is the link: Insect Alphabet. Here is a  literacy center activity that we did that went along with our spring unit this week. Here is the link: Spring sight word cut/paste.  Enjoy.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Graphing Plants

Here is a spin and graph about parts of a plant. We will be talking about plants this week in science. To download the link click here:  Parts of a Plant Graph.   Here is the link for the spinner that goes with the graph. The students can use a paper clip as the spinner. Here is the link for the Spinner: Parts of a Flower Spinner. My kids love doing these kinds of activities with the spinning and graphing!!