I was excited to bring four monarch caterpillars to our Art Room for my third graders to observe for their collaborative art project based on the monarch’s life cycle.
YouTube Playlist: Monarch Videos
Day 1: Observe and Sketch
Day 2: Painted Paper
Day 3: Collaborative Collage
Each class period, they got to observe the caterpillars. This was truly the most joyful part of our year! Every day they saw something new – they were so surprised by how quickly they grew. I had a couple of classes that were fascinated by the caterpillar poop. I told them they could talk about it, but they had to use the scientific word for it – fras.
I created videos so that I could share interesting moments with the classes that missed them. For a few weeks, it became a wonderful ritual that we would watch the latest video during our Circle Time at the end of class. One lucky group was there when a caterpillar morphed into a chrysalis. Another class got to be there when we released one of the butterflies.
Chrysalis Video: Monarch Caterpillar Morphs into Chrysalis
Monarch Butterfly Video: Monarch Butterfly Release