Today we started our first PBL (Project Based Learning) on butterfly life cycles. To prepare, I went in over the weekend and blew up my life cycle inflatables. I have an egg, caterpillar, chrysalis, and butterfly. I placed one above each table… problem is, I have five tables, not four. So the fifth table had nothing.
After I came home, I kept thinking about the poor fifth table with nada. I wanted to be able to call and dismiss tables by whatever was hanging above them – I thought this would be a great way to drill the vocabulary… what was I going to say for the fifth table? “If you don’t have ANYTHING above your table please line up?” Pathetic.
Then it hit me – milkweed! We’ve been talking a lot about how Monarchs only eat this plant and this was surely something I wanted all my sprouts to know. So, this morning, I raced in super early, made a very simple milkweed leaf, laminated it, and strung it up above the fifth table. Problem solved!
Even though it was so basic, I felt so crafty and my kids just loved it. Yay for milkweed!