Saturday, September 19, 2015

Monarch Butterfly

My students were so excited to get a caterpillar. I have to admit, I was pretty excited too!
Meet Cutie the Caterpillar. 

I have never watched a caterpillar go through the life cycle and didn't know much about it. As I started researching about Monarchs, I found so much to teach. For the beginning of the school year I knew I needed to break up the life cycle to make it easy for my first graders to understand. I decided to write a text about each stage of the life cycle and knew it would be the perfect way to introduce text coding for the first time this year. 

I projected the text to model text coding. We marked the main idea, unknown words, and key details. Then we took notes on the key ideas that we wanted to remember.  

Then I gave my students a copy of the same text. We went back and coded it the same way all together.

We did the same thing for the Larva stage. 

Then we tried it in partners.
And finally by ourselves. 
Then, together as a class, we used our notes to complete an interactive writing about the life cycle of a butterfly. 
Here is what we came up with...

Then, I let my students complete their own. 
This was such a fun unit!
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