Life Cycles and Research Writing

We have been busy busy busy working on life cycles!!!! Our caterpillars turned into chrysalis, and today they started emerging as beautiful butterflies! :)

I jimmy-rigged one of our iPods (this wasn't easy and involved a plastic bag, scissors (to cut a hole in the net!!!), a clamp, and lots of tape)...

using our time lapse app to record one coming out of the chrysalis. Check it out!!!

(Sorry it's sideways!?!?!)

We are also doing some research writing about life cycles!!!

I found this great new app:

that we are using! The kids had to work with a partner (without screaming or grabbing or crying...we're really working on that stuff this time of year...know what I mean???) 

to explore the app:

and fill out this form: 

(Click it to get it from GoogleDocs... I will cross my fingers that GoogleDocs wants to comply...)

These were some of my favorites: 

"I chose this creature (salmon) because I like to eat this fish."

"I chose this creature (wasp) because I got stung by one and I need to know information."

Then we hit up EdModo to share what we're writing about!

All in all, this lesson (well, the first day of it...) went very smooth!!!

I am so incredibly lucky to have access to some amazing technology to make a lesson like this possible (although it could be done with only one device)! Please let me know if you have any questions about anything!!! I'd be more than happy to share!

And if you have any ideas, I'd LOVE to hear them too!!! 

I hope you had a wonderful Wednesday!!!!!



  1. I LOVE all that you do with technology! Handheld technology is something my district is really lacking in and I feel it would make such a difference with some our kiddos, I hoping to do some Donors Choose projects to get some iPods and iPads.
    Anyways, LOVED, LOVED your lesson and I'm sure your kiddos did too!
    Stories From Second

  2. I love how you used your iPod to record the butterfly hatching!! Brilliant idea!

    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  3. I know this is off topic, but I L.O.V.E. your Friends quote on your sidebar! Well said, Phoebe!

  4. Love your use of technology. I've heard about Edmodo and a couple of the upper grade classes use it. How do you like it? Love your blog and would love for you to visit mine!

    Success in Second Grade

  5. I couldn't get a copy of the research paper. Please help.

    Great activity!

  6. The things you do with your iPods amazes me!! I wish I had a class set.

    Primary Punch

  7. Can you send this to me
    I was not able to download from the link.
    Thank you!

  8. Great job! Please email me the life cycles link.
    Thank you!