Our school district purchases science kits to use with the Carolina materials. We observe the life cycle of Painted Lady butterflies, as they grow from caterpillar to chrysalis to butterfly.
I have created this journal to span the 3-4 weeks you will have these critters. We do not write something every day, but we do written observations most days during this time.
Students will use this to structure their observations, as I have asked them to include specific vocabulary into many of the journal entries.
This follows the life cycle of butterflies from caterpillar to release. I have the STC teacher's booklet "The Life Cycle of Butterflies" for more information and diagram drawings, but any of that information can be found online. :)
I hope this helps your class follow the life cycle of your butterflies!