Labeling the Caterpillar Parts http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subje cts/insects/label/caterpillaranswers.shtml A Webquest designed by Sara Bryne http://www.dwna.net/technology/students%20wor k/Byrne/caterpillar.htm#Process
Stage 1- The Egg Acquire a Monarch egg. Place it on a Milkweed leaf. Put the leaf/leaves in a plastic container on top of a wet paper towel. Close the container and make sure the paper towel remains wet. Humidity from the paper towel proves to have a high success rate.
Stage 2 – The Caterpillar When the egg turns black, it has become a caterpillar. The caterpillar will start eating the Milkweed leaves and you will notice small scratches in the leaf. Leave the pillars in the plastic container for a few more days.
Stage 2 – The Caterpillar Place a stem of milkweed in vase Place the vase on a paper towel, on a pan Change the paper towel often (keep it clean) Keep a fresh supply of milkweed leaves Put bare branches in as well towards the end of this cycle
This is when the Caterpillar molts or sheds its skin. The Caterpillar will then eat its skin.
Stage 3- The Chrysalis or Pupa The caterpillars will start to spin white silky thread. They will make a pile of it and attach the pile to their rear. They then hang from the pile of thread. Now you can watch the changes occur!
The Caterpillar moves and expands within the Chrysalis until the skin falls off. It all happens within minutes!
Within a few hours, the chrysalis changes color, softens and develops a circle of dots that look similar to a necklace.
Stage 4- The Butterfly The color of the Chrysalis will start to darken. Soon, it will be transparent and you will be able to see the wing colors. The transparent Chrysalis will then split at the bottom and the butterfly will slowly emerge.
The Butterfly will start dripping orange liquid from its wings as they expand and fill out. It takes a few hours for the wings to fully dry During this time, the butterfly will remain quite still
This life cycle will be used to provide more information to students who learn using more visual methods.
Materials Milkweed Tupperware Paper towels Vase Caterpillar cage Sticks, twigs One can easily buy a butterfly cage as well Caterpillar and Butterfly Activity Sheets Bingo game Science Journals Popcorn kernels Tape Glue Water Wooden tongue depressor Markers/crayons Vocabulary Words The Hungry Caterpillar Big Book
References http://www.glorious-butterfly.com/elementary-science- projects.html http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/insects/label/caterpill aranswers.shtml http://www.rataandruby.co.nz/shop/we-love/the-very-hungry- caterpillar/ http://www.monarch-butterfly.com/ http://www.butterflyschool.org/teacher/raising.html http://www.prairiefrontier.com/pages/butterflies/butterflies_2.html http://www.naturepavilion.com/liveinsectkits.html http://www.dwna.net/technology/students%20work/Byrne/caterpill ar.htm#Process Bauer. J. Butterfly Life Cycle, Science Vocabulary Readers. Scholastic, Inc. New York. www.learner.org
Lesson 4- Comparing the Body Parts Lesson 4 – Label the Butterfly Body Parts