Right now, we have two mystery insects in our classroom that are changing quickly. We had three, but I let it slip that the third ones will become mosquitoes. Oops! The kids won't let me forget that mistake! Overnight, our caterpillars transformed into chrysalids. The room was abuzz with excitement as children gathered around the table, forgetting to put away backpacks and jackets.
I am drawn to the poetry of Douglas Florian, especially when teaching science. His poems are so appealing to a second grade sense of humor and wit. My kids love them! Here's one called The Caterpillar from Florian's book, Insectlopedia. Happy Poetry Friday!
She eats eight leaves at least
To fill her,
Which leaves her like a
Then rents a room inside
And checks out: Madame Butterfly-
by Dougals Florian
photo credit: Moronic Caterpillar (#83) by flickr member j/f/photos