Bright Idea for taking it up a notch and letting my students get up close and personal with the butterflies.
First, you need to order your butterflies. I just order mine online. The caterpillars are super easy to work with and actually are pretty hardy. Even so....I always order a classroom set. I do this for two reasons....first, I like every student to get a hands on experience, and second, I am still nervous they all won't survive.
Then you watch, wait, and learn.
When the cocoons hatch....then the fun begins!! Once the butterflies emerge I set up a screen porch tent. The tent I use has no floor (so the butterflies can hide in the grass). I set it up under a tree in our outdoor education area. Any "quiet" spot in a grassy area would work.
Inside the tent I put some flowering baskets at different heights. I slice oranges on a paper plate to feed the butterflies.
My students are so very careful. Even the most rough and tumble kid watches where he steps and is ever so gentle. My tent is small, so only a couple of students at a time get to go in. My daughter comes and takes pictures for me (that lets me focus on the rest of the class while the students in the tent have a wonderful experience with the butterflies. Plus, my daughter is a great photographer and the pictures are outstanding!!).
They experience the sticky feet of a butterfly as it clings to their finger and proceeds to hang upside down.
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