As part of our investigation of how all living things have a life cycle we had a visit from Sharon at Butterfly Adventures. She brought with her a pop-up enclosure that we could sit inside and interact very closely with the butterflies. We were able to observe their proboscis uncurling to take a drink and feel the tiny hooks on the end of their legs as the butterflies rested on our hands.
Each class had two chrysalises so we they were able to follow the life cycle in real time and even see butterflies hatching! They then were able to observe their features up close and determine if they were male or female.
Following on from this we visited IMAX to watch ‘The Flight of the Butterfly’. The 3D experience enabled everyone to feel like they were flying along with the butterflies. We also found out further information on the threats to the butterflies’ survival. The children then were able to write a detailed information report using their knowledge of butterflies.
We have learnt about how animals depend on each other for survival and how food chains work and investigated the life cycle of other living creatures.
Then we turned our focus to the habitats in our local area. The students observed Elster Creek and the changes that have taken place over time and have caused a loss of habitat for native animals. Following on from this the children created posters highlighting the importance of caring for our environment and ways in which everyone can help.
Going further with our investigation the children used their knowledge and understandings to create their own imaginary creature. They determined a suitable habitat, diet and life cycle for their creature and presented it in a triorama.