Sometimes we are moving so fast through life, we forget to stop and not only smell the roses, but look at the moths around us! The other day I found a perfectly formed moth laying dead on the sidewalk leading up to the school. I, of course, picked it up and brought it inside to my classroom. It was beautiful and I couldn't wait to show the kids!! I knew they would love to look at it and touch it!! I was right! we immediately had to do some research to figure out what kind it was. After looking for quite some time, we finally found out that it was a Polyphemus Moth. We did some more research and discoved it was a male and that this species only lives a couple of days. It does not have a mouth, so it doesn't eat. So interesting!!
The kids recorded their observations by doing some drawings, and some kids even got into labeling the parts of this beautiful creature. We have a butterfly garden at school, so our next mini field trip will be to go out and look for some eggs!! I love spontaneous learning!! Especially when I can learn along with the kids!!
|A Found Moth!|
|Getting a good look!|
|A Polyphemus Moth|
I hope you fit some spontaneous learning into your day!!