Caterpillars

I am so excited for this month’s new theme from Mother Goose Time: Bees and Butterflies. I bought caterpillars so we could observe the life cycle of the caterpillars up close as we explore this unit.

They aren’t as cute as some of the other caterpillars we have been learning about…. These ones are Painted Lady Caterpillars. Since the caterpillars already arrived, I decided to start with butterflies first, then move to bees.

I am kind of skipping around for this unit and taking things really slow so the students understand the life cycle of a butterfly. That’s what I love about Mother Goose Time’s curriculum! I can make it work for me and my students. We don’t have to go in the order they suggest if we want to start somewhere else. It is convenient to start with lesson one because each day is organized and prepared starting with Day 1. But, the students were so excited about the caterpillars that I thought it would be better for us to start with metamorphosis and butterflies. This week, we learned about eggs, caterpillars, and the Swallowtail butterfly.

There were so many amazing math lessons this week! We learned about small, medium, and large. We practiced counting and 1-1 correspondence. We identified shapes and made caterpillars with those shapes.

Small, Medium, Large

The students looked through a bunch of leaves in a bin for foam eggs. Their job was to identify whether the egg was large, medium, or small. Then, they placed it on the matching leaf. This game helped the students compare bigger and smaller things. It also helped them practice sorting.

Counting and 1-1 Correspondence

We learned about the Swallowtail caterpillar. They have spots on their bodies that look like eyes to keep predators away. The students rolled playdough into long caterpillars. They rolled the big foam cube. They counted the number on the cube and put that many eyes on their caterpillars. This activity was so fun!

Identifying Shapes

The students sorted the shapes by shape. Once the shapes were sorted, the students rolled a cube. The cube had the 5 different shapes on it that we are learning and 1 free choice side. The students rolled the cube and picked up that shape to make a caterpillar. The first roll was the most exciting for the students because they wanted to see what shape their caterpillars head was going to be! Each caterpillar was so different. This simple game was so engaging for the students and they were practicing identifying their shapes. It was a perfect game to practice shape recognition.

Caterpillar Art

I couldn’t go a whole post without mentioning our awesome caterpillar craft. The students made caterpillars out of starch noodles. This craft was so easy. There was little to no preparation for me and the students could do everything on their own. They used their creative minds to construct a pet caterpillar. A few of them named their pet caterpillar.

Next week, we will learn about chrysalises, butterflies (in general), and Monarch butterflies. Hopefully, our caterpillars will start making their chrysalises next week so we can observe the changes. It’s very exciting!

** I receive curriculum from Mother Goose Time for honest and authentic stories resulting from my daily experiences using the curriculum. This is my 3rd year using Mother Goose Time, and I am pleased to promote quality educational learning experiences through play with Mother Goose Time!


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