A Dance With the Butterflies

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Wednesday, May 31, 2006

A Dance With the Butterflies

A Dance With the Butterflies
I wanted to tell you that I had the hardest time getting class started this morning because the children wanted to tell me all about what they were going to do for their project and/or what they had learned about butterflies. It was so exciting to see so much excitement for learning. They were so excited, you would have thought they were going to Disneyland for the day! I loved it! I can see that I will be able to share with them my knowledge of computers and programs. This will
be fun!!!! Hurry up caterpillars grow!

Hope this is it! / My butterfly project!

I hope I finally made a post! I am NOT technologically challenged, but for some reason I was jhaving a few problems.
This has been a busy year.
My project is coming along fine.
The lifecycle and hatching of the butterfly is studied in kindergarten
and grade 1 in our school. Because of this, I am using this project as an
extension project for one of my higher level grade 2 students. I am using it to heighten his technology skills. This project fit our needs perfectly.
He took digital pictures of a moth and a butterfly. He watched a few videos on the butterfly, and he also searched on the web to find out other information.
He is now in the process of creating a "Max" powerpoint show of his findings. He will be responsible for typing, drawing, and uploading his pictures. He is only 7, but he is having a ball!

A Mother Monarch

A Mother Monarch
Originally uploaded by Hope8.

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

New Friends

Originally uploaded by Lanise.
These two spent the day looking at each other. Could it be love?

Newly Emerged Butterfly

Originally uploaded by Lanise.
Here's one of the pics.


Here's a link to a page about our ladybug life cycle experience.

Our Butterflies Emerged!

Hi to all,
Borrowing hubby's updated laptop - this summer I'm getting my own new technology - smile!
I've loved reading about what is going on with everyone. This is truly SUCH an exciting topic!

I was worried about our painted ladies from Insect Lore. We have had good luck in the past with this company, but when I borrowed the keys to the school from my principal to go in and check on them over Memorial Day weekend, we had no butterflies. I was concerned that they may have died in chrysalis (has happened in the past with larvae from Carolina Biological).

Today, however, we were THRILLED to find 11 butterflies had emerged. The kids "snacked" with them for more observation time, and then we released those who were ready and able (7) after lunch.

Each class brings their own special twist to this experience. This class immediately became "scientists" taking notes on their own from Day 1. Many said today, "I've got to get notes down about this!" Could a teacher ask for more - smile???

I posted two photos (looked clearer when I took them than when I saw them uploaded) in flickr.

Also, on a ladybug note (I've seen a few postings about this) - I would HIGHLY recommend raising ladybugs. We did it a couple of years ago with larvae from Insect Lore. They did great, and it was a WONDERFUL experience for all of us. I will try to find a page I made about it and post.

Now onto our project piece!

Monday, May 29, 2006

A Dance With the Butterflies: May 2006

A Dance With the Butterflies: May 2006
Thanks for the reference to the article. I'll try to read it tonight. I can see how Lanise's project paper( one she gave to her students) works with this design now and how it is different from Differentiated Instruction. I'm excited to try it. Thanks again.

Butterflies Just Arrived

Our butterflies just arrived before Memorial Day weekend. We are really excited to get started. We have wonderful plans for what we are going to do,just hope there is enough time to implement them.

I am not familar with UDL, but I've been reading a little about it. I am from California and it sounds a lot like Differentiated Instruction that we are doing in our state. Does anyone know the whether they are the same or not?


Saturday, May 27, 2006

Hey, Cheri!( and everyone raising butterflies)


How has your caterpillar rearing experience been going? Our one and only painted lady from Ed Sci was malformed but able to fly.
Our Insect Lore caterpillars seemed to be much more active and are all now in the chrysalid stage.
We had no luck with our Monarch Magic caterpillars. ( The children learned a new vocabulary word.. "disease."):(
But I have a den full of monarch caterpillars from Shady Oaks Farms which are fat and happy.The children can not belive their rate of growth! I had to take them home for the weekend because they are little eating machines!

What has everyone's butterfly or moth rearing experience been like so far?


Monday, May 22, 2006

Kids Science Radio Program

More multi media ...I found this cool kid's radio program when the children and I were investigating the difference between a Moth and a Butterfly.

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Butterfly Conservatory

Originally uploaded by butterflydanceproject.
I visited the Butterfly Conservatory at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. Click on the picture to see more photos in Flickr. Please share your photos with us in Flickr.

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Congratulations to Ms. Ireland's Class

Poetry, art work, dramatics, math, science, language arts.....
A trip to the "Butterflies are Free" exhibition....
A Woolly Bear caterpillar becomes an Isabella Tiger Moth...
Learning doesn't get much better than this!

Thursday, May 18, 2006


Originally uploaded by Lanise.
Lanise posted this picture in flickr. It was very easy to transfer it to our blog. I simply clicked on "blog this."

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Congratulations to Mrs. Godsey's Students!
They did an excellent job on their butterfly projects.


Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Awesome Monarch Resource

It occurs to me that you may not have to have joined this online project to access this great resource.
( Although I highly recommend Journey North..It's an incredible learning experience!)

Monday, May 15, 2006

Cool Multimedia Resource

I found a really cool multimedia resource today !


It seems like a great site to enhance any animal unit of study.

My kids loved the proboscis movie clip.

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Painted Lady Resources

Me, again,
Thought I'd share a webpage I created last year when we did our butterfly unit. For those of you who are raising painted lady butterflies, you may find some of the links helpful. I plan on using the page as part of my multiple format presentations. In case the link above doesn't work, here it is:

Also, I was involved with a UDL online course last year. I made a page which is really a compilation of ideas from the participants. One helpful tip is how to access the text to speech feature in Appleworks. There is a box on the page that explains how to do it. I am planning on using this feature in my presentations, as well.

Happy Moms' Day to all our Moms!

Butterfly Presentations

Hi to all,
Our caterpillars are arriving this week. In trying to put together UDL lessons (challenging!!), I decided to look ahead to the end of the project and what I would be asking my students to do.

Thanks, so much Susan, for providing it to people in pdf form. I also put it online at

Also, Butterfly Vocabulary can be found here.

I joined the Flickr group - it's very cool, especially the badge feature which I hope to use for this project.

Friday, May 12, 2006

Virtual Monarch Life Cycle

Hi all!

Is anyone else raising butterflies in their classroom?
It would be cool to share information.We have Monarchs and Painted Ladies.
This is a great link to learn all about a Monarch Butterflies life cycle.
And it is a neat alternative for anyone who can't have live caterpillars in their classoom.


Sunday, May 07, 2006

Online Puzzle Maker

A neat alternative for those children who have difficulty with 3d puzzles.

Friday, May 05, 2006

Our first Kidspiration activity...Ever!

I am so excited! Our project has begun in earnest. Over the next three weeks the children will witness the metamorphosis of painted lady and monarch butterflies in our classroom. We received our painted ladies (in a cup) yesterday. As I do each year, I invited the children to explore the changes taking place. The children usually represent what they are investigating in a variety of ways..... With clay, drawing, keeping a journal, with music and movement etc. THIS year... Thanks to THIS project I purchased Kidspiration. This is what the children created after they saw the “painted lady cup” in the "Super Grouper" menu. They created their caterpillars, the food and the paper at the top of the cup with the “create a symbol tool” .They used the recording option to record their observations. I am SO excited. Children who would never have participated in a drawing/ writing center activity were eager to use the drawing tool and dictate their observations to record their voices. I can not wait to share this experience with other early childhood educators. The marketers of these computer programs should get the word out to those of us who teach the youngest learners!

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Our First Project!

Congratulations to the students in Mrs. Dukic's Library Club. They did a wonderful butterfly project. Check it out their web page at http://www.comsewogue.k12.ny.us/~ssilverman/butterflies/dukic/dukic.htm

Tuesday, May 02, 2006


Originally uploaded by butterflydanceproject.
Hope taught us something very interesting about this butterfly! Click on the photograph to find out!

Zach's Male Monarch

Zach's Male Monarch
Originally uploaded by Hope8.
I bet his parents were thrilled when they got your e-mail.

Monarch emerging

Monarch emerging
Originally uploaded by Hope8.
Thank you for sharing. I wish I could be in your class!

Monday, May 01, 2006


We will be posting student projects on our web site, but many of you might want to showcase some learning in action photographs. Please consider joining our Flickr group. If you haven't received an e-mail invitation please let me know. Only invited guests may post pictures and comments so we have a safe environment. If you post student pictures, please do not include names or any other personal information.
This is an opportunity for interaction among us and our students. Under each photograph you can send comments. We're very excited to see how this cutting edge technology works for us. Please feel free to experiment. In addition to having a deeper understanding of UDL, experimenting with these new technologies will give us more ideas to use with our students.