My elementary school is located in a high poverty urban area. The children I teach are hard working and appreciate every opportunity given to them. We work to help them have a variety of experiences to round out their background knowledge. Often times children that live in urban areas such as ours that have a high rate of poverty do not get enough exposure to real world educational experiences. We work hard to bring these experiences to them in the classroom.
Our class will experience the life cycle of the butterfly from start to finish. Each day they will able to monitor the progress and write or draw about in their journals. We will also read and discuss the life cycles of other insects and animals and compare them to what we see happening with the butterfly. At the end of the project we will set the butterflies free here at school.
Children learn science best with hands on activities.Reading is an amazing way to grow a child's mind but it is my opinion that doing grows a child's whole self.
The opportunity to have science in action right in our classroom over the course of several weeks will in engage them in a variety of ways. Each day the interest and excitement will grow as we wait and observe the life cycle of the butterflies.
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