Friday: Blue Morpho Butterfly

May 18, 2012   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar:  Discussed calendar in English and Spanish.  Thomas put the number on the calendar, discussed the weather and found the day of the week in Spanish.  He reviewed the Spanish and Sign Language words.

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  We reviewed what we learned about the snake.  Today the children told everything they know about a butterfly.  Discussed the color they thought a Blue Morpho Butterfly is.  The Blue Morpho butterfly is big and blue!  It lives in the canopy layer of the rainforest.  Fun Facts:  The Blue Morpho butterfly can also be considered to be one of the biggest butterflies seen, their wingspan measures 5-8 inches in width.  They are extremely beautiful to look at.   The brilliant blue wings are not really brightly colored for the female.  Females have a dull blue with brown edges for their wings. They also have white spots in the blue area.  At birth, the caterpillars are reddish brown in color.  They also have green colored patches on the back area.  The undersides of the wings of the Blue Morpho have a dull brown shade.  This brown color is dotted with many eye spots.  An adult lives towards the ground area. These butterflies are therefore seen living in shrubs.  Experts say the Blue Morpho Butterfly is almost an endangered species. This is only because of the loss of their natural habitat due to deforestation and other human activities that cause harm to their lives.

Dramatic Play:  Discussed:  What kinds of groups are you a part of?  Many animals like to live in groups.  A group of butterflies is called a flutter.  We looked at all the story telling pieces and discussed each animal.  We acted out what sound the animal makes and how the animal moves.

Physical Science:  Discussed:  Do you think it is faster to fly in a straight path or a zig-zag path?   We made a straight path with masking tape about 6 feet long.  We then made a zig-zag path starting and stopping in the same area as the straight line. Each child walked the zig-zag path and counted how many steps it took.  They then walked the straight line path and counted how many steps it took.   The children figured out which path took more steps, and would take longer.  Discussed why the zig-zag path took longer.  

Visual Art:    Discussed:  What does your coat or shirt look like on the inside? Is it similar or different from the outside?  The Blue Morpho Butterfly’s wings are brown with black edges on the top and brown with eye spots underneath.  The eyes scare predators away. We looked at the Blue Morpho butterfly that they made in afternoon centers.  We looked at the difference in the top color and bottom colors and watched them fly.

Social Skills:   Discussed:  From where do you think the butterfly comes?  We discussed the life cycle of a butterfly:  egg, caterpillar, chrysalis, butterfly.  We then read the Very Hungry Caterpillar and again discussed the stages of that butterfly.  They then made a butterfly out of paint.  They used the sides of their hands in a fist to make the wings. Used their finger to make white dots and to make the body of the butterfly.  

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:  Outside Play

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