Five For Friday

Aloha Friday friends!  I am happy to be sharing about a fun week in the classroom and thought I would link up for Five For Friday.

This week we was Butterfly week as we continued our study of life cycles. 

On Monday I told the kiddos that we were learning all about butterflies this week.  I asked them to be on the look out for caterpillars and bring one in if they found one.  Tuesday morning one of my sweeties brought this in.  I was so happy I didn't have to go hunting for one.

I found some great books for my Guided Reading groups on Reading A-Z.

I also found a fun episode of Wild Kratts about Monarch Butterflies

To end the week I decided to have the students make their own Monarch Butterfly.

We looked at lots of pictures and talked about symmetry.

I found a template to trace onto black paper. Click on the link or picture to grab it.

I then gave them all oil pastels and showed them how to outline their butterfly.

I have some great artists this year! 

After learning all about Butterflies and Moths we decided that this little guy, who is now actually much bigger after molting twice, is going to be a moth.  He turned from a bright green to this!

The kids are really excited to see what happens! I'm pretty curious too.

I really love it when you take the time to plan and integrate your curriculum and it all goes so well!  This was one of those weeks.  This is the first Friday in awhile that I have had lots of energy after 3pm!

This year is just breezing by.  We only have 3 weeks left in this quarter.  I honestly feel like we just started.

Next week we continue with the lifecycle of a frog.  I may be on the hunt for tadpoles this weekend!


  1. I'd love to know where you found that template...we are starting life cycles next week! Those monarchs are fabulous and they migrate through our area!
    Thanks for the project idea. :)

  2. WOW! Gorgeous butterflies! I love integrating curriculum too! It's great that you are doing butterflies now...we are just heading into Fall so I can use some of these ideas in Spring. I would love that template too!

    :) Shelley
    The Perks of Teaching Primary

  3. Great butterfly and symmetry lesson!
    My Second Sense

  4. The butterflies came out great! My first year of teaching, one of my students brought in tadpoles and I killed them. Eek! Hope you have better luck!

    Sara :)
    The Colorful Apple

  5. Those butterflies look great! I love using Reading A to Z books. They have so many great resources.

    Compassionate Teacher

  6. I love the butterfly art projects; they turned out amazing! Integrating is so much fun, and provides for more meaningful learning for the students. I'm so glad you had a week that left you with a bit of energy! I hope this week does the same!

    Primarily Speaking

  7. Those butterflies are amazing! Please tell your students that all your teacher blogging friends think they are great artists!

    Always an Adventure in Kindergarten

  8. Seriously the coolest butterflies EVER! We agree with Lisa above and think your kids (and their teacher) are pretty fabulous!

    ~Christy & Tammy
    Fluttering Through First Grade

  9. How do I get a copy of that beautiful template?


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