Wednesday, July 31, 2019

STEM Friday #Kidlit Butterflies in Room 6 and Painted Lady Migrations

I recently found this enthusiastic review of Butterflies in Room 6 on the STEM Friday #Kidlit blog. I love the last sentence! Thank you for your support!
Go to the blog for a great video of the butterfly migration and a list of terrific projects.

Painted lady butterflies are in the news this week. First of all, they are migrating in huge numbers in southern California. The numbers of painted ladies are higher this year because of seasonal rains that caused a flush of their food plants. Here in Arizona we have seen smaller numbers of painted ladies migrating in both February and fall.If you'd like to see how to identify these butterflies, learn more about their migrations, and/or participate in a citizen science project, visit the Red Admiral and Painted Lady Research Site at Iowa State University.

With perfect timing the fabulous new picture book that showcases the life cycle of painted ladies for the youngest readers,
Butterflies in Room 6: See How They Grow by Caroline Arnold, also emerged on March 12, 2019. Caroline Arnold is both the author and photographer for the book and she has captured some fun and incredible images of both the insects and the children. Her 2017 book with a similar format, Hatching Chicks in Room 6, was a winner of the Cybils Award for Elementary Nonfiction. Back matter includes answers to questions about butterflies, a vocabulary list, links to butterfly information online and suggestions for further reading about butterflies. Butterflies in Room 6 is a must have to accompany a unit on insects or project raising painted lady butterflies. Fly out and get a copy today! By Roberta, March 15, 2019

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