Third graders across the district observe the complete life cycle of butterflies. Students start with caterpillars that are smaller than an inch and watch them grow, turn into chrysalides and then emerge as beautiful insects in four weeks. They have the opportunity to see this life cycle and explore others as part of our science curriculum. This authentic learning opportunity gives students the chance to be a part of their curriculum, and not just read from a book. The students learn more than just the science,they learn about being responsible for another living creature. This is one of the most engaging science units in third grade.