Ladybugs, Caterpillars, & Praying Mantises

We received our goodie box of live insects from the Earth’s Birthday Project this month. Throughout this past week our students have been observing Painted Lady Butterfly caterpillars, praying mantis egg nests, and adult ladybugs. We’ve been reviewing the similarities and differences in their life cycles and reading fun books such as “Waiting for Wings” by Lois Ehlert with kinders and a funny story for first graders called “Velma Gratch and the Way Cool Butterfly” by Alan Madison. The live insect kits are great. They come with a mesh habitat and a large double-sided poster showing insect parts and fun facts. We released our ladybugs this week into the garden in hopes that they will help with our Spring aphid problems.

Trying to Catch a LadybugHolding LadybugsLadybug on PalmLadybug1st Graders Releasing LadybugsPraying Mantis StationPraying Mantis Egg NestLadybug Station2nd Grade Insect Station Set-up

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2 Responses to Ladybugs, Caterpillars, & Praying Mantises

  1. Fiona Raymond-Cox says:

    How cool! I wish I had been at school this week 😉


  2. Sarah Beth says:

    Thanks for the photos. It is great how you and the rest of the teaching teams integrate the garden into other subjects.
    Sarah Beth


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