Monday, April 22, 2013

Designing a Butterfly Condo

My little scientists are so excited this week! Our caterpillars have finally formed their chrysalises!

This year I'm using a butterfly unit created by Denise Sachs who happens to be one of my fabulous co-workers!  It has lots of great centers and my kiddos are loving her observation journal!

It seemed like overnight our caterpillars grew from very tiny to VERY BIG.  Below you can see that one of my friends noticed this himself!

Then the real excitement began this morning....our caterpillars had formed their chrysalises!!

Although I have plenty more butterfly excitement planned for them we began slowly today by designing our butterfly condo.  Today's group was able to decorate the interior and started on the exterior. You can see some of their design work below although there is an awful glare from the plastic cover.  Each day I'll have a group that adds decorations to the condo.  Later as the decor increases I'll read  "A House for Hermit Crab" and compare our butterfly condo to the hermit crab's shell. 

"The Butterfly Condo!"


  1. Our butterflies just arrived today. We have one for every student. Love this project - it's a favorite of mine!

    1. It's one of my favorite too. Wow...I never really thought of having a butterfly for each student. I usually just order one class set. Good idea! =)

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