Butterfly Observation Journals

Keeping a journal will assist your students in the investigation of the Painted lady Butterfly lifecycle.

Download our Looking Closely at Butterflies Journal PDF

On the first day of your journal keeping, have children spend time studying the caterpillars, and determine if there is something that makes each one unique (usually a slight variation in size).

Because all the caterpillars are about the same age, it’s not a big deal if a student accidentally forgets which one s/he’s observing. The important thing is to keep watching all the caterpillars, and record the findings in your journals each day.

Journals as tools for math and science
Many math and science skills are based on observation and prediction. A scientific journal is the core for making this process come ALIVE.

Journal evaluation
Journals can be lenses into seeing a child’s thinking process - checking on details, observation, synthesis, capability, effort, and participation.

Publishing journals
Using journal pages from each student, create a Big Book. Be sure to include drawings or paintings in addition to the text. Prepare a cover page with the title, and staple or brad the sheets together. Display your classrooms’ Big Book in the school library!

Each Butterfly Observation Journal should include:

• Front and back covers
• Growth and measurement chart
• Caterpillar ruler
• Observation pages - After the butterfly release, kids can count the days spent in each stage. And knowing that Painted Ladies spend about 2 weeks (14 days) as caterpillars, ask your students how old they think their caterpillars were when the class began keeping journals.

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