Thursday, April 9, 2009

Butterflies are Free



Mrs. Cody, who taught the other fourth grade class, was all about science, so in the fall when one of the kids brought in a cocoon attached to a twig, she happily gave it a place of honor in an open terrarium in the back of her classroom.

All winter they bragged about how their cocoon was going to hatch a beautiful butterfly, which they would witness first-hand, while we would only study long division and how Eskimos live.

But when spring came, the cocoon's occupant turned out to be, not a lone butterfly, but praying mantises. Hundreds of tiny green nymphs hopped all over the classroom while the boys tried to capture them and the girls screamed, "They're in my hair! They're in my hair!"


Mrs. Cody's class got all the cool stuff.

13 comments:

ladyfi said...

What fun to get praying mantises! I would have loved that... beats long division any day!

Dave King said...

Wonderful stuff!

darsden said...

Too cute that is awesome, I can hear all the lil girls screaming and the boys trying their best to catch them. Great!

Mad Texter said...

Oh, goodness! The visual was instant. I would have paid money to see that. And the girls were screaming, "They're in my hair, they're in my hair!"

HAHAHAHAAHAHAAAAA!

Run, Tippy, run! Birds, Birds, BIRDS!!!

buffalodick said...

They are the coolest insect of all! Smart too!

Chef E said...

I love it! I scream at spiders, just creepy...

Real Live Lesbian said...

Ok, THAT...THAT is my worst nightmare.

Far Side of Fifty said...

Apparently someone dropped the cocoon ID ball..funny picture you painted with your words! :)

Roshni Mitra Chintalapati said...

Well, all of your got the entertainment though!!!

K said...

That is just awesome.

Steven G said...

Note to Mad Texter:

Be careful when mentioning birds around Jeanne.

Frogs in my formula said...

That reminds me of when a spider had babies on my sleeping bag at summer camp and we all ran around the cabin shrieking "they're in my hair/bed/socks/shoes!"

The really sucked.

Your story, however, was really, really funny.

Debbie said...

That must have scared the kids to death but what a great experience!

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