Authentic Project Ideas – Caterpillars

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OK, never thought I would blog about a caterpillar, not my cup of tea.  But this guy was too amazing to pass up.  Great photo, if I say so myself.

So, tell me about this guy!  Will he turn into a butterfly?  What kind of caterpillar is he?  Or is he a she?  Hmm…  So much authentic research to do!  So many different authentic ways to present your findings: photo journal, science log, slide show, labeled diagram, model, presentation about the life cycle of the caterpillar…

And, why is this caterpillar green?  Is it natural camouflage?  What other animals have natural camouflage?  Do they change seasonally? How is camouflage used in nature? How are military uniforms designed to incorporate camouflage?  Authentic learning… research on caterpillars sends your students down the path to research on camouflage… Fantastic!

 

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