Coming out of a Cocoon – The Thunder Cats Investigate Caterpillars

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While investigating caterpillars, one of the Thunder Cats asked, “What do caterpillars eat?”

To answer this question, we read the book ‘The very hungry caterpillar’ by Eric Carle.

And then, we went down stairs to a tree near the gecko grill, where caterpillars stay. We noticed that caterpillars don’t just make the leaves their home, it is also their food.

The class then got one piece of leaf and brought it in our classroom.

Using a special microscope that can be connected to a television set, we placed the leaf on its lens and observed the leaf.

We all agreed that the color is green, but we noticed that it has ragged lines that form a pattern. We also saw some very small holes on the leaf. After that we decided to also examine the caterpillar itself under a microscope.

Weaving a cocoon

After a few more days, the thunder cats discovered that caterpillars need to weave cocoons for them to transform into a butterfly.  To understand the concept of weaving, the class decided to weave a ‘cocoon’ of our own.

Using a ball of yarn, Mr. Cruz started by passing the ball of yarn to each student, asking them to hold a thread and not to let go. The ball of yarn continued to be passed and eventually as this happened we started to see a crisscrossing pattern on our cocoon.

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Shekou International School was established in 1988. It is dedicated to meeting the diverse educational needs of the expatriate community. SIS is an international school with an American- based curriculum. The school is governed by International Schools Services (ISS) of Princeton, New Jersey.

We offer a rigorous academic program to meet parents' high expectations. We have state-of-the-art facilities and cater to learners from nursery through high school. A rich mix of academics, athletics, and activities delivered by a world-class faculty ensure maximum learning for students.

The Elementary School and Nursery campuses are located in our Mountainside and Parkside buildings, in the beautiful Jing Shan residential area. Middle and high school classes are housed in our Bayside campus, which is adjacent to the Coastal Rose Garden residential complex.

Our high school offers a rigorous college preparatory program. SIS is an International Baccalaureate World School currently offering the IB diploma program to grade 11 students. The program will begin for grade 12 students in August 2011.

The language of instruction is English for all classes, with the exception of proficiency- leveled Mandarin classes. Additionally, SIS offers the French National Curriculum in grades K-5 in which the language of instruction in academic subjects is French.

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