Thursday, June 24, 2010

Butterfly bookshelf

This one is by James Howe, the author of the Bunnicula books--the illustrations are gorgeous, and just might inspire some painting or pastel drawing.

This book is amazing--each letter of the alphabet is designed into the butterfly wings!  There are facts about the different varieties of butterflies featured as well.


Lois Ehlerts collage art is so colorful and detailed.  This book follows the process of metamorphosis and includes information about the various butterfly types and stages.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Great American Postcard Swap: {Indiana and Iowa}

Here is a teacher's resource packet for discovering more about Abraham Lincoln and pioneer life in Indiana.
And here is a lesson plan with resources relating to WWII, the military, and Memorial Day from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway 500 Festival.


Visit the Iowa State Fair and see the butter carving competition.

Butter Cow

Iowa was once the home of Laura Ingalls Wilder, the author of the Little House book series.  Here is a link to the Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum and Homesite.

The Little House series is a great window into the lives of the pioneers, and Margie Gray's Prairie Primer is a terrific resource for extending this into a year-long unit study.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Nature Journal: The Flowers

All the names I know from nurse:
Gardener's garters, shepherd's purse:
Bachelor's buttons, lady's smock,
And the lady hollyhock.

Fairy places, fairy things,
Fairy woods where the wild bee wings,
Tiny trees for tiny dames--
These must all be fairy names!

Tiny woods below whose boughs
Shady fairies weave a house;
Tiny treetops, rose or thyme,
Where the braver fairies climb!

Fair are grown-up people's trees,
But the fairest woods are these;
Where, if I were not so tall,
I should live for good and all.

-Robert Louis Stevenson

Friday, June 11, 2010

Nature Journal: Butterfly Pair

Two butterflies eating lunch together on the butterfly bush. We keep checking to see if ours are still hanging around, but we are enjoying all the different varieties that visit.

And we discovered two tiny caterpillars on our hollyhock plant! We had moved it outside after our butterflies were released, and I noticed some laciness to one of the leaves yesterday. Upon closer inspection, we found two little caterpillars munching away. We brought the plant back inside and placed it back in the tank, hoping to watch the transformation once more. The boys have witnessed the complete butterfly life cycle!