Talk to your child about these vocabulary words: birth, butterfly, caterpillar, chrysalis, cocoon, cycle, egg, entomologist, larva, life cycle metamorphosis, pupa. Define these words with your child and have them write each word and draw a picture. Additionally, you can find pictures online and print them out.
Supply pictures of various insects or animals that experience metamorphosis such as butterflies and toads and invite your child to sequence the pictures. Talk with them about the changes they notice in the pictures. Use the words metamorphosis, pupa, grow, change, and life cycle frequently throughout the activity.
Share with your child that a chameleon is an animal that can change the color of its skin. Chameleons change their coloring to communicate with other chameleons and sometimes change their color to blend into their surroundings or camouflage themselves. Trace a chameleon onto a clear surface (like a laminating sheet) and invite your child to place it in various places around the house to mimic how chameleons can change the color of their skin. Your child can generate ideas about why the chameleon might change its color in each area. Use the word camouflage frequently throughout this activity.
Trees-Now and Then
If possible, go for a walk today with your child. Observe and talk about the trees in your neighborhood. What has changed about the trees since winter? Have your child draw a picture of what the tree looked like in the winter and what it looks like now that it is spring and compare the two.
Vinegar and Baking Soda
Ask your child to predict what might happen when you combine baking soda and vinegar. Have them record their predictions (or record for them) and provide the two materials for them to experiment with. Provide measuring spoons and encourage your child to experiment with differing amounts of baking soda and vinegar.
***Please check your email later today for an activity to complete for Thursday’s Zoom Meeting. We will meet this Thursday, June 11th, at 11:30 a.m.