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October 2000

Butterflies On-Line

Third graders at Jack Hulland Elementary School, in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada, have put together an impressive site on butterfly metamorphosis. It includes video, interactive activities, and educational resources for teachers.

Colorful butterfly graphics and animations catch the eye. Visitors need up-to-date versions of their browsers for best viewing.

Text links to the left of the main page let users move among the sections. Each section has navigation buttons at the bottoms of pages for continuing through the section. Some of the pages do not link to the referring page, so visitors must use the back button on the browser.

What child hasn't chased a painted lady through the garden? At Butterflies On-Line, children can watch one of these beautiful creatures, affectionately named Spikey by the students, develop from larva to caterpillar to butterfly. Students will enjoy the daily observations of the metamorphosis, complete with pictures and movies. Teachers will find online and offline activities to engage their students in active learning. The Educational Resources section includes Learning Outcomes, a detailed project outline for duplicating the butterfly project, and a teacher's helpful Project Reflection.