Teaching ideas to go along with “Butterfly Rhythm Life Stages book” Below are some tips and photos that Thirman Milner School sent in to show the learning and art activities they did while reading “Butterfly Rhythm” by Leticia Colon de Mejias. Leaf and Egg hats Create the paper head band by cutting a strip of construction paper to fit the Child’s head. Staple the paper into a circle. Use green paper to create a leaf staple the leaf the front of the (paper headband). Then use a cotton ball to represent a egg. Glue the cotton ball to the paper leaf and allow to dry. Caterpillar Head Bands Create the paper head band by cutting a strip of construction paper to fit the Child’s head. Staple the paper into a circle. Students can draw a caterpillar directly on the head band with crayons, markers, or pencils. Students can cut circles and glue them onto the band. The kids then just draw on legs and pipe cleaners can be used for antennae.
Butterfly Head bands Create the paper head band by cutting a strip of construction paper to fit the Child’s head. Staple the paper into a circle. Then have children cut out wings and a body. Paste to the front and center of the headband. You can get creative and use colored tissue paper for wings, pipe cleaners for bodies and antennae. Just remember to have fun! Cocoon Hats
Create the paper head band by cutting a strip of construction paper to fit the Child’s head. Staple the paper into a circle. Then have children draw cocoons on the band, or cut them out of construction paper and glue them on to the bands. Cocoons can be any color. The more colorful they are the more fun it is.
Other learning and hands on activities Learning Life stages: You can have the each class make a different Life stage head band. Students can practice learning about the stage they create a hat for. Get a butterfly kit: Grow your own butterflies in class, and then release them! Bake a butterfly cake: Use a heart shaped cake pan. Bake two heart cakes. Use twinkies for the body. Frost the twinkies and set jelly beans as eyes, then frost the two cakes, and place them on ether side of the twinkies. See photo provided Thirman Milner School in Hartford, CT Be an Author: Write your own butterfly stories. Draw pictures and illustrate your stories! Send them to the author. See examples from Thirman Milner School’s kindergarten class Poetry show: Each student can learn a page a from the book and students can present the book as a poetry reading. (This is fun to have adults come and see what the student’s have learned.) Invite the Author to do a book reading at your school: Showoff your hats, cakes, and student’s newly learned butterfly life stages facts and reading skills, invite parents and community school supporters. Ask the author questions. Learn about becoming an author. Author’s Email firstname.lastname@example.org