Monarch Butterflies

Students read the book Uncle Monarch and the Day of the Dead.  We talked about Day of the Dead and about how many Mexican people believe that monarch butterflies are the souls of their loved ones returning for a visit. The second and third graders already knew so much about butterflies from studying them in class! Students then created their own monarch butterflies out of tempera paint and oil pastels. Finally, they glued their butterflies onto a watercolor background. This project was taken from Arts and Activities.