3/4s Students Learn About Caterpillars

  • In The Classroom
  • Just For Fun

Early in the school year an opportunity presented itself to our 3/4s students: a large emerald green and black caterpillar was discovered by some budding Naturalists.

It was calmly eating parsley in our Preprimary vegetable garden. It looked like it had eaten a LOT of parsley and was round and plump (or “plumpie” as described by an excited three year old entomologist). Taking the student’s lead, the teacher and students quickly did a little research, decided on a plan of action, and invited the caterpillar into a netted container for the classroom.

The students made predictions about what would happen next. Most of them thought that it would be come a butterfly, but how long would it take? Would it need food in the classroom habitat? What about water? The students harvested parsley since they had witnessed the caterpillar eating it, made a little drinking pool, and brought the caterpillar into the classroom. In only three days, the caterpillar began to transform into a chrysalis. 

After 10 days, the caterpillar emerged as a Black Swallowtail Butterfly!

The students fed it a little sugar water on a cotton ball and then took it back to the garden to release it back into nature. As the butterfly fluttered away the students all sang, “So Long, It’s Been Good To Know You.”