As a class we will clear weeds and debris from the sectioned off area. We will then spread soil and plant native wild flowers and plants. We will then release butterflies that were raised from the larva stage in science class.
I plan to have the group meet twice a month. At each meeting, we will cover some key vocabulary words as well as the concepts behind them. Each meeting will feature a hands-on project to illustrate the selected topic, such as a nature-related experiment, making bird feeders, water-scopes and outdoor explorations. Occasionally we may arrange extra meetings at nature centers and parks. Each meeting will end with a short song, poem or picture book relating to the topic covered. The topics covered will alternate between focussing on a trait found in many animals and how they compare, and focussing in depth on the natural history of a particular local species. This means that there will be one general topic and one species spotlight per month. Contact me for meeting locations and dates.
We will write an article about our project on our school website and newspaper asking pupils to join it. This program will run for 3 months, each week there will be a plan of activities we are going to do, so everyone can join it. The most active pupils will be awarded with precious gifts and a ticket to the cinema.
We are going to identify several native butterfly species and then research the types of plants they eat. Then we are going to look up what those plants need to grow and be healthy and plant them around our backyard!