Butterfly Buddies celebrated Earth Day a day late by reading Just a Dream by Chris Van Allsburg, which envisions alternative futures based on how we care for the earth. At the end of the book, a boy decides to plant a tree, then travels in his dream to the future to see what the future he is creating becomes.
Then the fourth and first graders went to the garden together to plant a 15 gallon nonfruiting mulberry tree donated by science teacher Ms. Hutchins. Students wrote good wishes and hopes for the future on rocks and tossed them into the hole dug for the tree to speed it on it’s way to growth. Some day it will provide shade for the teaching area of our garden, and provide leafy food for our classes to watch the process of silk worms metamorphosing into moths. Students had a chance to look at cocoons, dried moths, dried eggs, and silk worm silk thread Mrs. Rothschild spun from the silk worms’ silk cocoons a number of years ago.