Learning with butterflies

January 18, 2017 | Published by St. Paul School

The school year is flying by, just like the most recent learning experience in the 1st/2nd grade classroom! This fall we studied butterflies and invited them into our classroom. Much to the delight of the students, all 5 caterpillars emerged as butterflies a few weeks after they arrived. We studied their life cycle, learning that each butterfly must go through four unique stages in life. We learned about their migration and discovered that some butterflies travel thousands of miles and are tracked using tiny stickers that adhere to their wings. 

Next, we did a messy and fun art project where we explored the symmetry in their wings. Best of all though, was having the chance to observe, up close, our tiny critters and chart their changes day by day! The squeals and excitement were hard to contain as each butterfly emerged from its chrysalis and slowly spread out, pumping blood to the tips of each wing.  

We fed our butterflies for a few days and then released them to continue the life cycle that they were destined for. What a beautiful reminder of 2 Corinthians 5:17 our butterflies were: “If anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come. The old has gone, the new is here!” We are so blessed to celebrate the new life in Christ that we have through Jesus’ birth, death, and resurrection. St. Paul Lutheran truly is a great place to grow!

- Casey DeGroot, 1st & 2nd Grade Teacher