Will the First Spring Generation Appear?
Make a Life Cycle Book for Ms. Monarch's Baby
of Arkansas at Monticello
Ms. Monarch's Baby
the Baby Grow!
Edson is keeping careful records for us. He is recording the date Ms.
Monarch's oldest child reaches each stage of life. As the monarch changes
from egg to caterpillar to chrysalis and adult, we can learn about the
stages and timing of the monarch life cycle.
be fun to predict when Ms. Monarch's first child will fly away all on
its own. Just think: one of her own babies might fly to your hometown
to Make a Life Cycle Book for Ms. Monarch's Baby
- Fold an
8-page accordion book. (See the folding instructions below.)
- Use each
page of your book for a new stage of the monarch's life. Here are the
hatches into caterpillar at "1st instar"
at "2nd instar"
at "3rd instar"
at "4th instar"
at "5th instar"
the date each stage occurred based Dr.
Edson's records for Ms. Monarch's oldest child.
- Make entries
in your book: count the number of days the butterfly was at each stage,
predict when the next stage will occur; wonder aloud, record questions,
each life stage (pictures coming later today!); measure and record the
size at each stage, when possible.
- When Ms.
Monarch's child becomes an adult, your book will be complete. Because
it is a circular book--the cycle will begin all over again with the
egg when you flip the book.
Start with an 8.5 X 11 inch piece of paper. Fold in half lenghtwise. Then
cut along the fold. You have two pieces. Tape them together to make a
long narrow strip.
of March 30, 2006 the monarch caterpillar was in its 3rd stage of growth.
keeping them in a little bit cooler area to slow down their metabolism
so they don't eat so much," said Dr. Edson.
Life Cycle Terms
caterpillar is also called a "larva."
go through 5 stages of growth.
stage is called an "instar".
in half. Then fold each end to the center, as shown. This creates four
fold the ends out to meet the outside fold, as shown.
the two remaining folds to make an accordion of eight equal-sized pages.
Final Step: Tape the front and back pages together. You
will have an 8-page book.
of the Book: On the front cover (page 1) draw a monarch egg.
Use the next 7 pages for each of the stages as numbered above. The adult
monarch will be on the back cover of the book. When the book is flipped
over to the front cover, the egg will appear again. You can see the cycle
go around and around each time you turn through the life stage pages.
- For pictures
of the monarch life cycle and to learn about "generations,"
see Monarch Butterfly
Life Cycle: What is a Generation?
- Your Own
Baby Book: Did your parents or guardians keep a baby book as you grew?
What key events did they record (your first smile, tooth, or steps)?