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Butterfly Observation Journal needed!
Old 04-29-2010, 01:54 PM
 
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Does anyone have an observation journal that they are willing to share? I've searched online and cannot find one to use with my 2nd graders. TIA!


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this is pretty cool
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Are they monarch butterflies? This is a really cool site...the first half of the page has templates and there are questions and links towards the bottom...it has an archive of old questions too. Hope it's helpful!

Monarch Butterfly: Journey North
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Journey North is the best...
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you can get journals, updates, ask the experts, join the symbolic migration to Mexico. They are speaking of the monarchs tho! You will just love the site--your students can follow monarchs in the fall and then this time of year. We really "get in to" this--raise monarchs, too! My classes have been involved in this for years--students always remember raising monarchs.
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We use science notebooks
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with our STC kits in Washington state. Here is a list of the activities that we do with our science notebooks. http://www.wastatelaser.org/_support...lies/index.asp
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I went on the suggested website and found it very useful. However, I was wondering how you get the activity sheets they mention for the butterflies. Any help would be appreciated.


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Most of the activities for this unit
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we just do in our notebook. Some pages come out of the STC Kit Manual, but they are easy enough to recreate by just writing or drawing pictures of the information in the notebook. The diagram for the labeling of the caterpillar could easily be the one from Enchanted Learning. The most powerful thing about this unit is the pre drawing of their concept of a caterpillar, and then having them go back and draw the caterpillar again at the end of the unit. We do lots of drawings of the caterpillar in the cup "habitat" to see how the caterpillar has grown. I keep a notebook with the kids, too. As we put things into it I put it under the document projector, (before I had one, I put the info on large sheets of chart paper) From the first drawing when we put the caterpillar in the cup, The next one when the caterpillar is using the silk to get around. Another with a larger caterpillar and the "frass" (which is caterpillar poop) on the bottom. The caterpillar going into the "j" shape, and finally the drawing of the chrysallis. Make sure everything in the drawings are labled; including the cup, holes, tissue, mallow, caterpillar, silk, frass. Observation is such an important part of this unit. If there are any questions about the lessons,or a certain form you need I could try to get it for you.
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Here is the one I use...
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This is one I made and adapted from one I got from who knows where...use if you like.
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What do you mean when you say, "The most powerful thing about this unit is the pre drawing of their concept of a caterpillar."

Do the kids draw what they think a caterpillar looks like ahead of time?
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Caterpillar drawing
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Georgia Boatman, who wrote our unit writes: "Students are asked to draw a picture of what they think a caterpillar looks like and show in drawings how a caterpillar changes during its life. It is not vital that drawings be accurate at this stage. They will serve as a before and after unit comparison for assessment purposes.

The caterpillar drawing is an important pre-assessment tool. It is a good idea to save this drawing and mount it side by side with their post-assessment drawing for comparison and to illustrate to students how much they've learned. If done in a science notebook, a space can be left on the bottom half of the page to draw the post-assessment picture."

After we do this, we make 2 charts: What I Know About Caterpillars. and What I Want To Learn About Caterpillars. I usually have the children pick 5 from each chart to write in their notebooks.
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Old 05-02-2010, 03:49 AM
 
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Do you have copies of the forms and activity sheets you could attach?
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