Recently at the butterfly garden, Trevor spotted some caterpillars that we thought were Monarch caterpillars. They turned out to be Queen caterpillars. The Queen caterpillars have two sets of fake antenna. We went back the next day to check on them and they were gone. We also found a tiny, brown toad. It was about the size of a quarter.
September 23, 2013
September 22, 2013
Each day we watered our butterfly garden there would be a pond in the hallway by the fifth grade lockers. This happened more than once. The maintenance men weren't positive where it was coming from. They finally figured out that the water was traveling through a crack in the concrete all the way down the hall to the fifth grade lockers. They filled the hole with styrofoam and some gooey, white stuff. We started watering again and we haven't had any more problems.
September 20, 2013
Our sixth grade classes are participating in the 18th annual Symbolic Monarch Butterfly Migration across North America. Over 60,000 students in the U.S. and Canada create symbolic butterflies and send them to Mexico for the winter. Children in Mexico who live beside the monarch's winter sanctuaries protect the butterflies and send them north in the spring. Through the Symbolic Migration, children across North America are united by the monarch butterfly and celebrate its spectacular migration. They learn authentic lessons of ambassadorship, conservation and international cooperation. Can you find us on Journey North's Symbolic Migration Map?
We took photos of our symbolic monarchs before dropping them in the mail.
6-3 Class Butterfly
6-2 Class Butterfly
6-1 Class Butterfly
Labels: Symbolic Migration
Once again we had another wonderful release here at Cordell Elementary School. It was nice getting to see the butterfly up close as it was drying it's wings. It was a beautiful sight watching the black swallowtail butterfly flutter it's large, impressive wings around all of us, showing us some butterfly love. It is crazy knowing that this butterfly was a caterpillar just the other day.
September 19, 2013
Mrs. Simpson was weeding and ran across four Monarch caterpillars feeding on our Tropical Milkweed and Asclepias Tuberosa. Our sighting should appear on the Journey North Migration Map soon.
August 27, 2013
When I was at my family's farm, I discovered lots of butterflies and caterpillars. They were in oak trees beside the road. Because we are learning about butterflies at school, I wanted to bring some to share with my class.
I also found milkweed growing in the field. Milkweed attracts butterflies. I brought some for the sixth grade butterfly garden.
What kind of butterfly is this? Be the first to correctly identify if for five bonus points. Email Mrs. Blackburn the link to prove your identification guess.
5 Points Awarded To:
*It is called an Alicia emperor butterfly. I found it at http://www.google.com/search?q=alicia+emperor+butterfly&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=BBIdUr7uEaeayQG5kICwAw&ved=0CAcQ_AUoAQ&biw=1280&bih=878
Makenzie Hougland, 6-1
According to Marilyn Stewart at Wild Things Nursery, this plant Makenzie brought is called Snow on the Mountain or Euphorbia marginata. It is an annual and doesn't transplant well. Lots of pollinators use it.
Labels: Student Writing