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Kindergartners Spread their Wings

Kindergartners Spread their Wings
Posted on 02/13/2015
Beginning in the Fall, Kindergartners participate in a semester-long study of The Life Cycle and Migration of the Monarch Butterfly. Students observe, hypothesize, and are deeply involved in the magical changes that occur for this truly amazing animal. In addition to learning about the basic stages of the life cycle-- egg, caterpillar, J shape chrysalis and butterfly, they will also learn how to identify Monarch eggs, investigate the anatomy of a caterpillar and track the incredible migration route to Mexico.

ButterflyWe begin by visiting the milkweed patch in the CitySprouts Garden (planted several years ago by KO children and teachers!). Together, we will harvest milkweed leaves, feed the animals, and watch them grow and change in our classroom habitats as they enter the various stages. During the semester, students will journal their observations and participate in frequent, rich discussions that are rooted in those observations. We also have important discourse around how climate change and deforestation (of milkweed patches and oyamel fir trees in Mexico) have already impacted the species. With this, students begin to understand how their generation can provide a better level of awareness to others as well as possible solutions to these challenges.

When the butterflies have completed the cycle, students will return to the KO garden for their official butterfly release. Additionally, they share all of what they learned through songs, journal entries, artwork and shared writing during our Monarch Butterfly Breakfast in late Fall. This year’s Butterfly Breakfast was held on Friday, November 21st. The students were amazing. The celebration was awesome!