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    Metamorphosis

    Those of you with youngsters are probably familiar with the children's book; "The Hungry Caterpillar." It is a classic. With beautiful artwork it chronicles the transformation of a little caterpillar as he eats, and eats, and eats...until he's as fat as can be. LOL He of course ends up hanging upside down in a chrysalis, and at the end turns into a beautiful butterfly!

    I never dreamed I'd be a 'caterpillar rancher,' but we've got 17 plastic cups in the classroom filled with caterpillars! We feed them some sort of a semi-solid caterpillar grub, and the kids are watching them eat, and eat, and get fatter by the day. Ha! They are messy little suckers. You don't think about it, but caterpillars crap! I've had to clean their 'pens' twice already! By next week they'll be the size to transfer into a mesh-netting pen with some branches in it. They'll crawl up on a branch, hang upside down, and do their thing. All in front of the amazed eyes of a bunch of 1st Graders. It is the coolest thing! In 7 to 10 days they'll transform as the kids watch. Once they're butterflies, we'll take them outside and let them loose. The kids are already enthralled! LOL

    Fun in the classroom! Some things are just better when you actually get to see them taking place right in front of you.
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    ... With beautiful artwork it chronicles the transformation of a little caterpillar as he eats, and eats, and eats...until he's as fat as can be.
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    He of course ends up hanging upside down in a chrysalis, and at the end turns into a beautiful butterfly!
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    Originally Posted by paolo59 View Post
    Those of you with youngsters are probably familiar with the children's book; "The Hungry Caterpillar." It is a classic. With beautiful artwork it chronicles the transformation of a little caterpillar as he eats, and eats, and eats...until he's as fat as can be. LOL He of course ends up hanging upside down in a chrysalis, and at the end turns into a beautiful butterfly!

    I never dreamed I'd be a 'caterpillar rancher,' but we've got 17 plastic cups in the classroom filled with caterpillars! We feed them some sort of a semi-solid caterpillar grub, and the kids are watching them eat, and eat, and get fatter by the day. Ha! They are messy little suckers. You don't think about it, but caterpillars crap! I've had to clean their 'pens' twice already! By next week they'll be the size to transfer into a mesh-netting pen with some branches in it. They'll crawl up on a branch, hang upside down, and do their thing. All in front of the amazed eyes of a bunch of 1st Graders. It is the coolest thing! In 7 to 10 days they'll transform as the kids watch. Once they're butterflies, we'll take them outside and let them loose. The kids are already enthralled! LOL

    Fun in the classroom! Some things are just better when you actually get to see them taking place right in front of you.
    that is fantastic we bought one of those little butterfly house kits for the kids one year and they really liked watching the whole process unfold
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    Originally Posted by paolo59 View Post
    Those of you with youngsters are probably familiar with the children's book; "The Hungry Caterpillar." It is a classic. With beautiful artwork it chronicles the transformation of a little caterpillar as he eats, and eats, and eats...until he's as fat as can be. LOL He of course ends up hanging upside down in a chrysalis, and at the end turns into a beautiful butterfly!

    I never dreamed I'd be a 'caterpillar rancher,' but we've got 17 plastic cups in the classroom filled with caterpillars! We feed them some sort of a semi-solid caterpillar grub, and the kids are watching them eat, and eat, and get fatter by the day. Ha! They are messy little suckers. You don't think about it, but caterpillars crap! I've had to clean their 'pens' twice already! By next week they'll be the size to transfer into a mesh-netting pen with some branches in it. They'll crawl up on a branch, hang upside down, and do their thing. All in front of the amazed eyes of a bunch of 1st Graders. It is the coolest thing! In 7 to 10 days they'll transform as the kids watch. Once they're butterflies, we'll take them outside and let them loose. The kids are already enthralled! LOL

    Fun in the classroom! Some things are just better when you actually get to see them taking place right in front of you.
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    But srs, good on you. It's those things the kids really remember for elementary school! You're doing great by them! Nice
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    ROFL Brother, I saw a quote the other day from a poet laureate, something to the effect; "We always marvel at the beauty of a butterfly, but none of us wants to think of the transformation that took place to produce such beauty." Ha ha! More or less on that quote. There are some deep, life lessons that can be learned from a caterpillar!
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    Originally Posted by mcbourque View Post
    Ahah! That's why I teach Physics. None of that discussing stuff to clean.

    But srs, good on you. It's those things the kids really remember for elementary school! You're doing great by them! Nice
    It fascinates me, your background educationally, your career...and now in the classroom! I think that is one amazing thing!!! I believe your 'charges' are incredibly blessed to have you at the helm! I had not taught 1st Grade in almost 20 years. LOL You get caught up in state minimum standard tests, Reading comprehension, Math...every way that a sorry question could be twisted, turned upside down, and deliberately designed to trip up a kid. You get jaded, just fed up, disgusted! I am having the time of my life this year! LOL Kids, little ones, learn by playing, by hands on experience. Sometimes I feel like I'm playing, when I think of co-workers in the upper grades. Ha! It's not play. Something like this is of more value than any textbook, anything I could ever say. It is just absolutely fun to watch! Next year I'm going to have an aquarium, hamsters...I may even have a freakin' snake!!! And the whole room is going to be a jungle!!!
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    Originally Posted by paolo59 View Post
    It fascinates me, your background educationally, your career...and now in the classroom! I think that is one amazing thing!!! I believe your 'charges' are incredibly blessed to have you at the helm! I had not taught 1st Grade in almost 20 years. LOL You get caught up in state minimum standard tests, Reading comprehension, Math...every way that a sorry question could be twisted, turned upside down, and deliberately designed to trip up a kid. You get jaded, just fed up, disgusted! I am having the time of my life this year! LOL Kids, little ones, learn by playing, by hands on experience. Sometimes I feel like I'm playing, when I think of co-workers in the upper grades. Ha! It's not play. Something like this is of more value than any textbook, anything I could ever say. It is just absolutely fun to watch! Next year I'm going to have an aquarium, hamsters...I may even have a freakin' snake!!! And the whole room is going to be a jungle!!!
    This is interesting. How did you get over that jaded feeling? Just from taking a break? Or is this a different school environment?
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    Originally Posted by ElrondHubbard View Post
    This is interesting. How did you get over that jaded feeling? Just from taking a break? Or is this a different school environment?
    LOL I requested a change at the end of last year. I had been teaching a 'state tested grade' for 17 years. The atmosphere under the district administration for the past 3 years had become absolutely toxic. Micro-management, threats, inordinate pressure and administrative meddling in the whole teaching process in the classroom. Ha! The last two years were the most frustrating, infuriating, offensive, and disheartening that I had ever experienced. That particular district superintendent abruptly resigned from his position and moved back to Colorado. The 'climate' across the whole district has changed with the new superintendent. Some of the stupidity, organizational and management apparatus is still present from the former, but it is a completely different working environment. Moving to 1st Grade was a blessing. I feel a little bad when I think of coworkers in the trenches so to speak. Those who teach in the upper grades. The pressure is incredible still. 1st Grade is not 'gravy train.' It is work, and at times incredibly challenging, but you simply do not have the ugly reality of state mandated minimum standard tests and all of the whirlwind of stupidity that goes along with it. I wish I had made this move 2 or 3 years ago. I told my local principal earlier this year; it is once again a joy to teach.
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    that is fantastic we bought one of those little butterfly house kits for the kids one year and they really liked watching the whole process unfold
    LOL It is fun to watch the kids watch the caterpillars! I had one little one say; 'Mine is dead, he's just laying there doing nothing!' Ha! I asked him what he did after he ate 5 slices of pizza and 2 bags of chips!? Another chimed in; 'I just lay in the middle of the living room floor and hold my belly!' ROFL Well, that's what that caterpillar is doing! Getting ready for another go 'round. Ha!

    We are sort of doing this on a 'commercial scale.' LOL It's across the whole 1st Grade, 5 different sections. We've got caterpillars coming out our ears!
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    We've got caterpillars coming out our ears!
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    Ew.
    it's like that one star trek movie only then they were putting something in his ear..
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    it's like that one star trek movie only then they were putting something in his ear..
    Not confusing it with the earwigs from an old Night Gallery episode?
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    Originally Posted by latebloomingmom View Post
    nope it was this one
    Damn, it's an age thing. I never heard/saw that ^ one, and you probably never even heard of Night Gallery . It was a Rod Serling (Twilight Zone) series. This guy had an earwig crawl into his ear...through his brain..and out the other side. Excruciating pain First person to ever survive it. And then he learns....the earwig laid eggs while in his brain. Damn, I miss Rod Serling .
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    I wish I had you as a teacher back in the day. Post pics of the caterpillars
    LOL That blesses me brother! A kid, sometimes, just needs to marvel! We as adults, we often lose that ability ourselves. Ha! It's funny. Teaching a bunch of 6 and 7 year olds has done more for me in the area of simple, enjoyable 'wonder' than anything I've done in the past 25 years! LOL I'm an old cuss about now. And these little knot heads have given me a new lease on life. Ha!
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    Ew.
    It's a bit messy and ugly right now...but there's a transformation in the works! There you have it once again...those 'life lessons' that can be learned from a lowly caterpillar. Ha ha!
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    It fascinates me, your background educationally, your career...and now in the classroom! I think that is one amazing thing!!! I believe your 'charges' are incredibly blessed to have you at the helm! I had not taught 1st Grade in almost 20 years. LOL You get caught up in state minimum standard tests, Reading comprehension, Math...every way that a sorry question could be twisted, turned upside down, and deliberately designed to trip up a kid. You get jaded, just fed up, disgusted! I am having the time of my life this year! LOL Kids, little ones, learn by playing, by hands on experience. Sometimes I feel like I'm playing, when I think of co-workers in the upper grades. Ha! It's not play. Something like this is of more value than any textbook, anything I could ever say. It is just absolutely fun to watch! Next year I'm going to have an aquarium, hamsters...I may even have a freakin' snake!!! And the whole room is going to be a jungle!!!
    After all the jobs and experiences I had, teaching middle school science is THE BEST JOB EVER!

    I also don't have much worries in terms of testing accountability and all. My Math and Language Art colleagues have all these crazy Common Core state tests to worry about. I just find ways to make science fun with hands-on experience just like you do with the little ones. Except I have to deal with early teens hormones LOL
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    Monarch butterflies?
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    Originally Posted by Frnkd View Post
    Monarch butterflies?
    No brother, they're not Monarchs. LOL I wondered when we got them. They are a local, garden variety, smaller than large white or yellow butterfly. The Monarch would certainly be a transformation to watch. Ha! I don't know, but I suspect that fact that, although we see them here in North Texas, they are just passing through on their migratory route precludes them from our little viewing experience. Ha! In the Spring they are heading back North to Canada, in the early Autumn they are heading to points south, the forests of Michoacán. LOL That is one of the most amazing migrations of any creature on earth! You wonder how something as fragile as a butterfly could fly thousands of miles. They just fly through here. It would be interesting to know if it would 'mess up' a Monarch's internal whatever if they started life here in Dallas.

    LOL I'm no butterfly specialist. Ha! There's still a whole lot more I don't know than I do! Poor kids! LOL

    Ha! If you're unsure...google it! ROFL Their reproduction and life cycle is a pretty complicated thing! LOL I guess they are 'locals' here in North, Texas, and reproduce. So we could have had Monarchs in our little cups in the classroom! The last butterflies that are produced in the season are the ones evidently who make the trek South. If I'm not mistaken, they don't reproduce until they return North. Fascinating stuff! LOL A little more 'in depth' than a First Grader might require. Thank God!
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    Originally Posted by mcbourque View Post
    After all the jobs and experiences I had, teaching middle school science is THE BEST JOB EVER!

    I also don't have much worries in terms of testing accountability and all. My Math and Language Art colleagues have all these crazy Common Core state tests to worry about. I just find ways to make science fun with hands-on experience just like you do with the little ones. Except I have to deal with early teens hormones LOL
    I'm glad you are enjoying it! I don't think I could handle that 'hormonal' imbalance in Middle School! Ha! They are something else. I think Middle School is actually more of a challenge in certain ways than High School.

    It is a wonderful thing for the students, I believe, to have someone in the classroom that has had a previous career in the Sciences, or Math, Engineering. They bring to the table a wealth of information, knowledge, and experience. I have a good friend who has worked in 'corporate America' for years. Made good money! LOL He is in between jobs at the moment, looking. He has expressed the fact that some CEO's and administrative folk who he has interviewed with sort of view him as 'overly qualified.' Ha! I don't quite understand that mentality. If somebody wants a change, is comfortable and pleased in that change, then just what is the problem? Would an employer prefer somebody 'under-qualified?' I guess maybe some do. A 'blank, ignorant slate' to fill up with their own particular brand! LOL
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    These were from February. These monarchs never stop laying eggs. Unfortunately some birds have discovered a nice source of food can be had from my crown flower tree.
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    These were from February. These monarchs never stop laying eggs. Unfortunately some birds have discovered a nice source of food can be had from my crown flower tree.
    They are beautiful! LOL I never had really read up to any extent on the Monarchs. I was aware of their migration. What takes place in certain places in Mexico right around the Day of the Dead each and every year is just amazing. Years ago I was traveling along a highway in Mexico in the Autumn and saw a portion of the migration. There were literally thousands and thousands of butterflies. A good many of them ended up on my windshield and lodged in the grill of the car!

    The caterpillars we have are not anything as exotic looking as that pic of the Monarch caterpillar. They are black, and hairy. Ha! When they latch on to something they don't easily let loose of it! LOL
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    nope it was this one
    That scene/movie still haunts me. Creepiest ever!
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    My wife has met Eric Carle through her job. Says he is a really nice guy. My oldest boy has an autographed copy of that book. He is now old enough to not care anymore. Kinda sad that....
    Ha! He can pull that old book out of a box somewhere when he's got his own little one, and read it once again. It will mean something then!
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