Saturday, 20 May 2017

Home Learning Week 33: Butterflies, Estimating Sum and Difference, Thailand, Money Book, 600 Million Years 2, Library Holds, Mara the Meerkat Fairy, Soaring Eagle 6

May 15-20, 2017

Painted Lady Butterflies

So there's some butterflies there and they can stay a little bit. When they get older we can set them free. The other ones up there are caterpillars in their chrysalides. Their wings are very delicate - like fairy wings.
Observing and recording butterfly life cycle; Internet research; attempting butterfly first aid (!); consulting an expert via email
First two butterflies to emerge!
It's showing its wings! So, will it eat? They look like monarch butterflies! Are they girls or boys? Are they playing? They're going to drink the nectar. Do you think they're all going to be different colours? Fly!

What is the red stuff on there? Is that one completely out of its thing? I wonder if their wings are soft, or... it just popped out!? Can I see? How fast does it do it? 

Oh yeah - I think this one is dead! It's not moving; it's very damp! There are six butterflies, right? What is that one doing? The butterflies are going crazy right now! It's trouble - it's a trouble little one - it's trying to get out of here!
Fallen chrysalid, resting on the floor of the cage; meconium (red stuff)
One falled off of its piece of paper. This is serious! It's actually on the floor! 
If a pupa does not attach itself properly to the paper or falls off just rest it on the bottom of your flight cage (on top of the paper towel) and the butterfly should emerge as usual about eight days later.
Typical painted lady, left; special needs painted lady, right: its wings are reversed!
This one's flapping like crazy! I think it's in danger! What should we do with it? It's trying to fly. Look - the colour is the same as the outside of the wings.

We tried to fix it, but we couldn't figure out how to fix it.

Hi Lucy,

I wonder if you can give me some advice about my daughter's Painted Lady butterflies. One of them seems to have its wings on wrong - the orange wings are on the outside, and the smaller, grey wings are tucked next to its body. First one, then after flapping around awhile now both are. I assume it will not be able to fly? Is there anything we can do to help it?
I guess something went wrong in emergence. Sorry, it probably won't be able to fly and there is nothing you can do to help it. Put it outside on a plant if you want to give it a chance. 
Girls or boys? Top: "inside out" butterfly; bottom right: empty chrysalis case (AKA exuvium); bottom left: the colour is on the inside of the wings
Which are girls and boys? 'Cause seriously - they look exactly the same!
It’s really hard to tell with painted ladies until they mate. Then you see the boys chase the girls around with their little bums curled trying to hook up. LOL
When they're mating should we do something else, or should we watch? We shouldn't disturb them when they're mating, right?
Ha ha they are not shy! You can watch them. If you let them mate then release them that is the best. If you keep the eggs you would need more food to feed the caterpillars. The ladies will lay their eggs on host plants they know the larvae will be able to eat. 

Comparing 6 through 32 days:
April 21
April 26
May 4
May 12
May 17
6 days
11 days
19 days
27 days
32 days
2 plastic containers
2 plastic containers
2 plastic containers
Hanging from paper pinned inside a net cage
In a cage
6 larvae
5 chrysalides
1 dead
11 chrysalides
3 chrysalides
8 butterflies
dark grey
Dark grey
Chrysalides are silver grey and gold
Butterflies: orange, white, grey and black
Chrysalides: greyish-silvery-goldish
41mm (caterpillars)
4cm with wings open
Climbing, wiggling, sitting in webbing
Crawling, sitting upside down on the lid, pooping, shaking, hanging in webbing
Caterpillars: hanging upside down, like a J; crawling, eating

Chrysalides: shaking sometimes; hanging upside down; one is stuck in webbing
Hanging upside-down, completely still

1 shaking
Some are eating, some are standing on the bottom, some are on the side of the net, one is shaking its wings

Shedding dead skin; yellow balls of poop
They look weird, big, lots of meconium – it looks disgusting. Lots of disgusting   poop balls, dead skin and dead caterpillar on the ground
They’re not rattling
I can see the colours when the wings are open. When the wings are closed they are grey, black and white.
The broken one has the wings the wrong way around

Physical Activity/Movement Break - Laps, Stairs, Walking

Running laps, taking the stairs, after-dinner walks and runs
Don't do it without me! This is ridiculous! You don't have super speed, do you? That's not your power!

Math - Estimating Sum and Difference

Rounding to nearest 10; estimating sum and difference by adding or subtracting multiples of 10, then finding actual answer and comparing the answers
You have to do this to help me - I don't understand this whole math sheet. Your stomach is awful-sounding - really!

You're not bad for a hedgehog with that blind eyes and nose that can't smell. Sorry, Hedgehog - ouchie! I can do better than that! I love this eraser!

Good me, good me! You're very impressed how I did this. Put your sticker on! Can I watch YouTube when I'm done?

Science - Collecting Rain Water

Measuring and recording rainfall
You know I dislike the poncho! I put a pouty face on when I'm wearing the poncho!

Reading - Ella Enchanted

Reading for understanding; answering questions
Vocabulary: chamber pot, opal, corridor, pastel
Are we on the right page, or not?

Hattie and Olive are sisters with Ella - no no - Ella is not the step sister. Ollie and Hattie are the step sisters, but Ella is the one who was at the castle first.

Reading Comprehension: Thailand

Reading a passage for information and understanding; answering questions based on the reading
Do you know anything about Thailand?
I know there's a lot of soup there.

Math, Daily Living Skills - "Itsy Bitsy Money Book"

Cutting; identifying colour of coins and naming coins, stating value, finding the value by looking on the coin
It's amazing I can cut with grown-up scissors. Can I colour this? I like colouring! I know what the ten cents colour is supposed to be: grey! Are the rest different colours? The rest is, I bet, the same colour. Can I colour this one?
Reading coins to find out their value; colouring with correct colour
Karen: How much is a quarter worth?
AZ: I don't know and I don't remember.

Natural History: 600 Million Years

Mind mapping in preparation for writing; practicing reading for information; putting facts into one's own words
Can I cut it? It'll take much more time, but if it's really big I can cut it faster.

"To develop an understanding of the story of our planet, the life on it, and the role of humans in that story; to develop an understanding of long periods of time; to develop an understanding of evolution; to practice reading for information; to practice putting facts into her own words" (Shannon)
Our early ancestors? Are you serious?

Daily Living Skills - Using the Library

Consulting librarian for reading suggestions, placing a hold, picking up a hold
I am brave. I am serious: I am super brave. When I'm not expecting a boo I get surprised sometimes, but if I'm expecting it I'm not scared. I do like scary stuff. I just like scary stuff, like horror shows and vampire books and stuff like that.

Checking out books, using the automated system; remembering PIN/phone number
The baby sharpens her teeth on a rock! It's true - she does that! Count Olaf - she bit his hand!

Reading - Chapter Books

Reading for pleasure and understanding; recounting information; making suggestions

Princess in Black

She is a monster fighter. No one knows she was a monster fighter but her servant noticed that she was Princess in Black 'cause she noticed some black in her bedroom closet: black stockings, black shoes, black mask and black cape. Black suit, black boots, black whip, and that's it. And a staff, wand... stick, too.

You sound horrified! (She has it) to make for the monsters not fight - to make them go in their hole. It was a place... her secret place and somebody got in trouble there. Somebody was walking by there and the monster caught her - somebody else - and the Princess in Black was fighting the monster. She knew the monster was out there so she got out and fight the monster.

Mara the Meerkat Fairy

What happens in the fairy book? Goblins try to get a meerkat. The fairies try to save the meerkat from the goblins. The goblins are trying to put it in a zoo 'cause they do something awful to the meerkats - the goblins always try to do something awful for Jack Frost. In the book he's a bad guy, but in Frozen he's not bad. You don't get to see the castle there, and you don't get to see his face or what he wears, or stuff like that. The fairies want to go save the meerkats from the goblins. The goblins are always trying to steal something. The goblins lose but the fairies succeed.

It took two days to read the fairy book. It is at my level. Oona does like emotions - so... they do show their emotions in the book - I think she would like it. Oona in Japan might like it, too. I'm not so sure if she would like it, but she might like it.

One day I would like to read another one of those books. I finished the fairy book so I'm onto Henry. 

Horrid Henry

So Horrid Henry has a friend that looks inside Horrid Henry's diary. 

Cooking - Wonton Soup

Picking kale, garlic chives and parsley from the garden (and fennel for later); chopping, heating, stirring

Wonton Soup

In a big pot, simmer 5 mins:
Chicken broth, 2 L
Ginger, 2 slices
Kale, chopped

Frozen wontons - 6 per person

Simmer 3 minutes, turn of heat, then stir in:
Soy sauce - a few drops
Sesame oil - a few drops 

Top each bowl with:
Sliced chives
Chopped parsley

Chicken broth stinks - doesn't it? It smells like dog jellybean. I hate the smell of this one. Oh - it smells even bad outside!

Are you kidding? This is going to be so flavourful! Is it going to take away the awful dog breath smell? We do not want our breath to smell like dog breath, don't we? Take a big whiff of that - that smells great! This is going to be like a potion - but it's going to be healthy for you. That smells so, so good!

Let's take that out: the ginger is just for flavour - you can't eat that. 

This is a healthy recipe. I definitely agree: this is super good. This is Girl's Night lunch. This is really kicking the spot!

Daily Living - Orthodontist Appointment

Dr. Chung really knows what to do with my teeth, doesn't he?

Social and Emotional Development - Scared

Talking about emotions: how they feel, what might cause them and what to do about them

...'Cause Donald Trump's there - he's scary.

Friday the 13th - I heard that one is scary. Maybe somebody wants to watch it and it's like, "Oh, no, you're not watching that movie!"

Other people are scared of the dark.  I am a little bit scared of the dark; I get nightmares. Take something off of my mind... dance - it works sometimes. You might get tired and you might sleep.

Soaring Eagle Nature School - Last Session

Tracking, birding, identifying wildlife and edible plants, playing games, listening to stories, socializing, expressing gratitude, getting exercise in the fresh air, regardless of the weather!
My nature name is Western Cedar tree. My favourite part of the year was having fun here.
Soaring Eagle actually lets you go through the forest and climb and stuff like that. And tell stories. Stories are very, very fun - they're good at the stories.

I wanna go there again.

When I'm a grown-up I'll wear pretty clothes and make treats for my cats and dogs.

Other Home Learning Posts

Home Learning, Day 1, Grade 4 - Smoothie, Recycling Rigid or Soft Plastic, Transfer Station, Compost
Home Learning - Week 2 Chai, Fruit Fly Trap, Garden Kiosk, Albinism
Home Learning - Week 3 Apple Taste Test, Gymnastics, Back Brace, Subtraction
Home Learning - Week 4 Subject/Predicate, Squash, Mint/Calendula Face Mask
Home Learning - Week 5 Slugs, Radish, Mushrooms
Home Learning - Week 6 Thanksgiving, Earthquake Kit, Soaring Eagle
Home Learning - Week 7 BC, +/- 1, Braces, Bees, Rain Water
Home Learning - Week 8 Pizza, Alberta, Halloween
Home Learning - Week 9 Dogs, Earrings, Adding White
Home Learning - Week 10 Christmas List, Cupcake Face Mask, Green Poodle
Home Learning - Week 11 Mango Lassi, Saskatchewan, 10 Partners, Cat
Home Learning - Week 12 Bees, World Book, Lip Balm, Seeds
Home Learning - Week 13  Memory, Sewing, Back Brace Adjustment
Home Learning - Week 14 Snow,  Salad, SPCA, Manitoba, Bison
Home Learning - Week 15 Christmas, Manure, Evil Sister
Home Learning - Week 16 Gerbil, Slime, Hummingbirds, Cocoa
Home Learning - Week 17 Ontario, Apple Taste Test, Denim Purse
Home Learning - Week 18 Thank You Notes, Math Without Help, Term Two Reflection
Home Learning - Weeks 19+20 Nerd Outfit, Quebec, Birthday
Home Learning - Week 21 Emotions, Ordering Numbers, Beaty Biodiversity Museum, Soaring Eagles #4
Home Learning - Week 22 Valentine's Day, Science World, New Brunswick
Home Learning - Week 23 Worried, Adding Tens, Nova Scotia, Science World #2, DIY Lip Gloss Soap
Home Learning - Week 24 Real-Life Math, Nap, Lonely, Wolfdogs, Spring, Chocolate-Covered Strawberries
Home Learning - Week 25 Schedules, Yukon, Pysanky, Bank Machine, Regrouping, Loved, Term 3 Reflections, Soaring Eagles #5
Home Learning - Week 26 Rotten Food, Embarrassed, Newfoundland and Labrador, Can Opener, Skating, Teacher Screecher, Rain Water, Slugs, Word Search
Home Learning - Week 27 Cheer, Fish, Digit Sequences, Spelling "ea", Sad, Spring 2, Matching Pictures, Butterfly Books, Math Review, Private Questions 2
Home Learning - Week 28 I Spy; Subtraction of Numbers Larger than 19, without and with Regrouping; Spelling "ee"; Frustrated; Ancient Greece; Nunavit; Quinoa Veggie Salad; Cat Whiskers; Dog Biscuit; Butterfly Cage; Baby Alive Food DIY
Home Learning - Week 29 Kitchen Scraps, Northwest Territories, Butterflies, Fort Langley, Bike Riding, Estimation, Helpful, Banana Orange Smoothie
Home Learning - Week 30 Watermelon, Money, Tired, Butterflies, Handsome Warren, Catnip, Water Measurement, OT Assessment 2, Rounding, Contractions, Silly, Soaring Eagles 6
Home Learning - Week 31 Ella Enchanted, Butterflies 3, Money, Story of Life 1, Watermelon 2, Sweet Pea, Tomatillo, Disappointed, Visual Memory, Adding Tens, Garden Beds, Muffins, Thank You to Carol, Contractions 2, Butterfly Cage, Ken
Home Learning - Week 32 Encyclopedia Brown, 41st Ave., Money, Chrysalides, OT Assessment 3, 600 Million Years, Mishka, Related Tens, Round-Offs, QE Park, Mother's Day Card, Acting and Dancing
Home Learning - Week 33 Butterflies, Estimating Sum and Difference, Thailand, Money Book, 600 Million Years 2, Library Holds, Mara the Meerkat Fairy, Soaring Eagle 6
Home Learning - Week 34 Castles, Planting Veggies, Long and Short "a", Butterfly Release, Banana Smell, Estimating Sum and Difference, Drawing v Colouring, Horrid Henry, Poppy Seed Pasta Salad, Pond Water 2, Trike Planter, Lush Gift Card, Beekeeping
Home Learning - Week 35 Money, 600 Million Years 3, Long and Short "e", Cirque de la Symphonie, Farm Visit, Sharks, Appropriate Questions, Microscope, Pandora, Telling Time, Estimation, Cheer


  1. Your wonton soup sounds wonderful. Next time you make it maybe we can help you eat it?!
    From Sheila

    1. What do you mean by help me eat it? After I ate it, I felt sick. It hurt my stomach. It's true. I never want to eat it again. AZ

  2. I'm sorry you didn't like the wonton soup you made. Sometimes I make things that don't turn out very well, either. Wonton Soup is one of my favourite soups. There are many different types of wonton soup, just like there are many types of chicken noodle soup. Some day when you feel brave enough to try it again we can go to a restaurant. If you don't like it AK will eat the rest.
    From Sheila

    1. My stomach wasn't used to it at all. I didn't even sleep well, due to that wonton soup! I will got to a restaurant, but not to eat wonton soup! Probably dumplings and steamed buns!