This TopicQuest was designed for Jennifer Sauls Second Grade Class
 by Shannon Sorensen a Valdosta State University Preservice Teacher

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Every Spring you begin to see little friends all around you, spiders, butterflies, grasshoppers and many, many more.  These little guys are amazing, there is so much to learn about where they live, what they eat, and their lifespan.   The best part is that you don't have to look very hard to find them.  They are in your classroom, in your house, and especially outside on the playground!  

Take a virtual tour of the Life Cycle of the Butterfly. 
Find out how a caterpillar becomes a butterfly by clicking on 'butterfly' and then
going step by step through the life cycle.

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Let's get a closer look at those bugs.  They sure are small but with the help of a microscope we can see just how amazing these little guys are.Find out about Interesting Insects and their anatomy.
bugs Now that you are familiar with the anatomy of different insects it is time to be creative and
Create your own Insect

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Let's see who's who in the world of insects.  Which is the biggest?  Which lives the longest? 
Find out in the Wonderful World of Insects!

bee Where does all of that honey really come from? 
Let's take a field trip to Texas to learn about the Bees.

cartoon spider
Ever thought of having an insect for a pet?  Here is the site for you.  Find out which would be the best and how to take care of it once you find it.

 Your Mission:worm

You have been chosen to represent your class as a comic artist in creating a comic strip that shows the life of a butterfly.  In order to complete your comic you will go on a virtual tour that  will take you through the life cycle of a butterfly.  You will need to create one frame on each part of the cycle from an egg to a caterpillar to the time the butterfly is able to fly.

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Mission Steps:
1)  While exploring the websites listed above including  the  life cycle of a butterfly

2)  Look at each of the phases a caterpiller goes through in order to become a butterfly

3)  Draw the four phases in the life cycle of a butterfly and tell your teacher what each picture represents so that she can write the caption under each frame.  Your work will be on the internet for you to look at.

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