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St. Gilbert's 4th Graders Release Butterflies

Fourth-graders at St. Gilbert Catholic School in Grayslake released the Monarch butterflies they raised from caterpillars for their hands-on science curriculum.

It was a sad to see them go, admitted St. Gilbert School fourth-graders of the eight Monarch butterflies they raised from caterpillars, but it was time to take flight, hopefully all the way to Mexico.

Students from Mary Fink and Cathy Green's fourth-grade science classes have spent weeks observing the life cycles of their butterflies and writing in journals about what they had learned. They even created their own illustrations.

Here are some of the comments students made about their fun and educational experience:

"We've been raising them since they were caterpillars," said Abby.

"They ate milkweed because it's poisonous to predators," said Anthony.

"We saw them turn into chrysalis. They were green underneath," said Molly.

"They shed their skin and ate it," said Claire.

The day finally on Sept 29 came when the students let their butterflies leave home for their long journey to Mexico, where they will hibernate before awakening in the spring to lay their eggs and die.

Fink said each butterfly was tagged, so if someone finds them, insight into their journey can be obtained via computer. It's a long shot, said Fink, but the possibility has really excited the students.

"They've learned a lot through this project," she said.

Jeff October 01, 2012 at 02:06 PM
Looks like a great hands on learning experience! Bravo!
Angela Sykora (Editor) October 01, 2012 at 03:24 PM
The school has a great little garden on campus. It was the perfect spot to release the butterflies, and they looked quite content to hang out there before their long trek to Mexico.
Sarah October 01, 2012 at 05:12 PM
My daughters class was able to see one butterfly emerge from chrysalis
Michele October 01, 2012 at 08:58 PM
Thanks for reporting this. My daughter was part of the fun, and she was very excited that you were there!
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