Families, I cannot believe we are wrapping up another year of school! I have adored this class. I tell everyone that they are my favorite group since I started teaching, and I know I will miss them greatly! It's going to be bittersweet to watch them move on to second grade. I'm confident they will continue to soar in their journey through life. Thank you again for allowing me to work with them and learn alongside them each day.
Students spent a lot of time writing throughout our last unit of Metamorphosis. They published beautiful nonfiction insect books which included a table of contents, headings, diagrams, captions, and more! This was a fun way to apply their love of insects - wasps, ants, ladybugs, and more - with their knowledge of nonfiction writing. We also observed caterpillars go through metamorphosis and kept journals to document the different stages of their life cycle. Again, students used several nonfiction features to record their observations in these wonderful Butterfly Observation Journals. We loved getting to check on our caterpillars each day and then release them as adult butterflies (pictures below). Finally, students wrote fiction stories through the voice of a caterpillar! This was another opportunity to show all that they know about a butterfly's life cycle. In the stories, the characters hatched out of eggs, ate and ate and ate as caterpillars, hung in a J-shape and formed a chrysalis, and finally, emerged as beautiful butterflies. The watercolors that accompanied these stories were a great way to illustrate what happened along the character's journey. I'm proud to send these strong writers on to second grade!