Idea by Robin, Kindergarten Teacher, Ellenton, FL
My students and I end our Kindergarten school year with a special unit on Monarch butterflies. We raise the caterpillars during our last month (or so) of school. We make predictions, observe, record our findings and keep a journal of the caterpillars’ metamorphosis. We then release the butterflies and write stories about where we think they will go and what adventures the butterflies might encounter.
Then students self-connect by discussing and writing about how they have changed during their Kindergarten year. My Kindergarten students then “flutter” off to First Grade. Using the children’s handprints, we create a special butterfly T-shirt that says, “I am Fluttering Off to First Grade.” It is a super-special end-of-the-school year unit and the kids love it. I look forward to it each and every year.
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