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ERIC Number: EJ857961
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 2
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8121
Becoming Butterflies: Making Metamorphosis Meaningful for Young Children
Giles, Rebecca M.; Baggett, Paige V.; Shaw, Edward L., Jr.
Science Activities: Classroom Projects and Curriculum Ideas, v46 n4 p3-6 Win 2010
Although butterflies are a common topic of study in many early childhood classrooms, integrating art production broadens the scope of the study and allows children to deepen their knowledge and understanding through creative self-expression. This article presents a set of integrated activities that focus on helping children fully grasp the process of metamorphosis by making observations, asking questions, and using visual arts to communicate ideas. In all the activities, children actively engage in discussing the life cycle of the butterfly and using concept-specific vocabulary to explore relationships among the butterflies' different stages, as well as relationships between butterflies and their environment. (Contains 5 figures and 3 online resources.)
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Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Journal Articles
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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