This past week, our students have continued wondering and investigating the life cycle of caterpillars. During a play-based learning period, a few boys were curious about how many legs a caterpillar has. They began counting the tiny hair-like legs of the caterpillars through the containers, and came up with the number 32. Then, the boys decided to create 32 legs to add to a caterpillar creation that other students had already made. The images below show the process of the boys working together to create 32 caterpillar legs.
The boys used the number wall to help remind them of the number order.
M.R. "We used paper as the legs, and we write numbers on them so we know how many legs there were."
G.V. "We write the number so we know the legs are here. We put the legs on the whole body because there was no more space in the lower body."
Ms. I "Wow, what a great way to solve that problem."
G.V. "The caterpillar said he's hungry!"
M.R. "The more feet we put, the more hungrier he would be."
Ms. I "When you weren't sure of what number to put next, what did you do?"
M.R. "I used the board."
G.V. "Me and M.R. wrote the same number one time, so we just took one away."
M.R. "When I remembered all the numbers I put them together with my mind."
These students ended up inspiring other students to use a variety of materials to construct caterpillars. Here is what another group of boys worked together to create.
After adding a variety of materials, the boys found the book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and used it to remind them of all the food the caterpillar ate.
M.B. "This is the face, and this is the food that he eats. We used links, and we used corks for legs, and we put the spikes and stomach with blocks."
M.D. "We used chocolate pie, chocolate cake, orange, pickle, ice-cream because we used the caterpillar book."
Ms. I "Why is there a red link at the front of the caterpillar?"
M.B. "Because the caterpillar's face is supposed to be red."
Ms. I "Where did you see a red caterpillar face?"
M.B "It's on the book."
Another one of our students created a caterpillar and wanted to share his creation with the rest of the class.
E.L "I used the glass blocks, I used nature blocks, I used food. These are the antennas, this is the face and head."
Ms. I "How did you decide on how long your caterpillar would be?"
E.L "I decided to make that long because I thought it was a good idea. I made a pattern."
Ms. I "Can you tell us more about the pattern you created."
E.L "There's green, red, and then blue, yellow."
Ms. I "Can you tell me about these pieces that stick out of the caterpillar's body?"
E.L "Those are the legs, and the back legs. My caterpillar is Electric Caterpillar because the yellow is where you get electric from. When it touches you with the electric you will be a charger, ok!"
Our caterpillars have started to form cocoons. We are so curious about how long it will take them to be butterflies. Looking forward to continuing our inquiry with you next week.