Friday, November 20, 2009
November 12, 2009 (11:15 am)
A package was delivered to our classroom at 11:15 am. It was labeled "Fragile. Live Insects. Do Not Heat or Freeze." The package was addressed to Kindergarten so we knew without a doubt it was ours. The return address said "Monarch Watch." We agreed that inside were probably the caterpillars for the Monarchs In Space project. We shrieked with excitement as we gathered to look inside.. We opened the box and examined the contents. Inside, we found tiny, tiny caterpillars in small containers, hanging upside down on a green substance. We found other containers as well, filled to the top with the green substance that did not have caterpillars inside. Some children thought that the green substance could be caterpillar food. Other children recognized the caterpillars because of their yellow, white, and black stripes and explained to others that they were indeed, monarch caterpillars. The green substance, if it was food, was probably milkweed.