Coming out of a Cocoon – The Thunder Cats Investigate Caterpillars
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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