Friday, 1 June 2012


Our final math unit focused on two and three-dimensional shapes. The children explored, sorted and compared shapes and worked on describing their attributes through free and guided activities.
pattern blocks
pattern block pictures

making shapes on a geoboard using rubber bands

A tangram person.
 The tangram is an ancient Chinese puzzle that is made up of 7 pieces. We read Grandfather Tang's Story and created the tangrams shown in the book.

Here is a page from our story. 

Building with 3D shapes and identifying the 2D shapes in them
Our shape pictures. We used and identified: square, circle, triangle, rhombus, trapezoid, hexagon, rectangle


The children enjoyed experimenting with plasticine to create these beautiful sculptures. They added to their bases using a variety of materials (e.g. feathers, pipe cleaners, popsicle sticks and buttons) and explored with different lines and designs to create a piece that they found aesthetically pleasing. 

Friday, 25 May 2012

The Great Butterfly Release

 Even though we were sad to see them go, knowing that it is our responsibility to protect and not harm nature, we released our beloved butterflies into one of our school's courtyards where they will have plenty of nectar to drink and room to fly freely.

We had kept them on a diet of delicious sugar water, strawberries and oranges, so some of the butterflies debated whether or not to leave the net!

One of our painted lady friends up-close. 

Goodbye butterflies! We will miss you!

The Life Cycle of a Butterfly

Observing first-hand the transformations from caterpillar to chrysalis to butterfly was a great way for the children to learn about the life cycle of a butterfly and the wonders of nature. 

We reinforced the concepts through dramatizations and fiction and non-fiction texts. 

Here is one example of a student's representation of the life cycle of a butterfly. 

Butterfly Experiments

After returning from the long weekend, we were surprised and excited to see that our butterflies had emerged from their chrysalises!

We tried to figure out how butterflies eat by creating our own experiments.

After observing and reading about butterflies, we learned that they drink nectar using their tongues, called a proboscis. We created an experiment to test how butterflies consume nectar using a straw. We learned that they can not eat because they can't chew. They can only drink. 

We also wanted to figure out how butterflies fly, so we tried to make our own paper insects fly. 
We decided that if it wasn't windy enough outside, we would create our own wind using a fan!

Saturday, 19 May 2012

Painted Lady Update: Chrysalis

After two and a half weeks, all of our painted lady caterpillars have transformed into chrysalises. 
They attached themselves to the lids of their containers, so we carefully taped the lids to the top of this large butterfly pavilion, as we eagerly await the next stage of their transformation.
Here is a close-up of what the chrysalises look like.

Saturday, 12 May 2012

Our New Friends

As most of you know, we are playing host to a group of lively caterpillars. We are excitedly awaiting their transformation into Painted Lady butterflies! The children are amazed at how quickly they have been growing. Feel free to continue to pop into our classroom to look at our new friends!