A Lesson On Butterflies

By Katie & Wendy

June 4, 1997

June 4, 1997

 You may have noticed that even though we
do not have our butterfly larva as yet
 we are still beginning our lessons. I am
doing this because then we can review
 what we have learned and at the same
time "see" what all of these things are
that we have been talking about.

 Today we began our lesson by
making a art project. It was a butterfly of course!
 This project helped us to reinforce our
comprehension skills of being able to
 listen and follow verbal directions and
of interpretation; we excersized our
 fine motor skills by coloring, cutting,
and pasting; we reinforced our eye/hand
 coordination skills. The directions for
making our butterfly can be found in the
 "Projects, Resources, and Additional
Enrichment" section of our journal.

 (SPECIAL NOTE: If you find something in
our journal that you want to look at but
 can not find, don't worry, we may not
have gotten it posted as yet. Eventually
 everything that is suppose to be here will;
please be patient with us. This whole
 process is new to me, and many times
I am learning as I go:)


 ...they have wings
...they have lots of colors
...they are an insect
...they can fly
 ...they have antennae
...they are fun to watch


 We also know that butterflies can
be helpful insects. Butterflies do important
 things. Katie has a little story to tell
you what they do that makes them good bugs.

 "Butterflies Are Good For Plants"
 A Short Story by Katie

 One day a butterfly landed on one of my
nectar plants. He was eating for a little bit.
While he was eating he was getting sticky
 stuff on his feet. And then I saw him fly
away to a different plant. The sticky stuff
on my butterflies feet went on the new flower he
 landed on. Because my buttefly did that, in
a long many days, I will see more flowers
and plants. But not right away. We have
to wait for them to grow bigger
so we can see them.

 That is right, butterflies are
helpful insects. They do these important things:

 **They pollinate flowers and plants.
Flowers and plants are pretty to look
 at. Some new plants give us food to eat;
and all plants and flowers help
 put oxygen in the air. Oxygen is the stuff
in the air that we breath.

 To pollinate means, in a sense, that
bugs pick up tiny specks of a plant on them
 when they land to eat, or even rest.
When they fly off and stop on another plant
 they leave these tiny specks on the
new plant. This is what helps plants to make
 new plants.

 Here are some interseting things we
also learned about butterflies.

 *There are many, many kinds of butterflies
in the world.

 *All butterflies are not the same. There
are many different colors and
 patterns on butterflies. This helps them
to find other butterflies that
 are like them, it helps to protect them,
and it helps to camoflage them.

 *Butteflies come in different shapes and sizes.
Some butterflies are big and some are smaller.

 We learned that all of the flying, winged
insects that look like butterflies
 are not all butterflies. Another insect just
like the butterfly is the moth.
 There are ways to tell the butterflies
and the moths apart. Katie has explained
 some of the differences here. I have
put these differences in a chart here for
 you to see.

 After our discussion of moths and
the difference between them and the butterfly
 we talked about butterfly parts. Below is
a picture of a butterfly with it's parts
 labeled for you to see. After the chart we
have explained what all of these
 differents parts do for the butterfly.

 When we finished, we compared butterflies
to people...to ourselves. We found
 that people and butterflies have some of the
same body parts! Katie has made a
 list of some of the things we have found out.
We put them in this chart for you.
 On one side of the chart we can see what body
parts Katie has; on the other side
 we can see the body parts that a butterfly has.



 Butterflies use their wings for many things.
They use them to fly to places
 for food, for getting away from their enemies,
and to find other butterflies.


 Butterflies use their antennae for "smelling
& feeling" things. They have "odor detectors",
or receptors as they are called, on their antennae.


 This is the mouthpart of the butterfly. It is
like a long tube that the insect
 sucks and drinks from. It reminds me
(Wendy) of a straw that can be curled up
 and down.

 This is where we ended our lesson
for the day. We played a math-type of card
 matching game when we were done
to once again reinforce the concept of pairs,
 and at the same time it was also an
opportunity for us to review our numbers.
 This activity was very simple for Katie
to do and she seemed to have fun with it.
 It is explained below.


 Materials Needed: 1 deck of standard playing
cards, a willing child

 Directions: Take the deck of cards and first
remove the Jokers. I then
 took a moment to explain how the face cards
would work. In this case I told Katie that
she should ignore the letters on the cards
 and instead concentrate on what the
picture looked like.

 I then removed 1/2 of the deck, so that I
only had 2 matches with
 each card, instead of the 4 that
you usually have.

 The deck of cards was then shuffled and
placed face down next to her.

 For each turn Katie was to draw a card from
the deck and flip it over. The first card
was laid face up in front of her. (Because
 it has no match yet.) She then had to
continue drawing the cards. Everytime Katie
picked up a card she was to find the match from
 the ones face up on the table. If a card
matched she was to put the matches together.
If there was no match with the card that she choose
it was to be laid by itself, face up on the table until
she drew the correct match. She continued this
until all cards are correctly matched.

 ****For additional enrichment we then
took the cards and laid them in sequential order.

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