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Butterfly Action Science: Cut Out A Butterfly, Then Do Gravity, Incline, Push/Pull!

from Author Valerie Marsh

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; A little bit of art, math, fiction, and a whole lot of science!
First, children enjoy a cut and tell folktale story about butterflies! Then,
using a piece of paper and scissors, math, students retell this
story along with Valerie and create their own flower which then opens out into a butterfly. But shhh.... It is a surprise. Next up is physics! Miss Liz Science Wiz, and her science puppets will
involve your students in a variety of experiments. Using the paper butterfly that they made, students will explore the math and science concepts of
push/pull, gravity and incline. This Hands-On STEAM in action!

     Students will need a
pencil, a paper clip, a 20" piece of string, a piece of white or colored paper and a pair of scissors. Just photocopy the pattern onto
white or colored photocopy paper. For young children, pre-folding or even
pre-cutting the pattern might be very helpful.

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About This Program


By Request: $120.00
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45 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) Pre-K Students, Kindergarten, 1, 2 Homeschoolers Public Library: Library Patrons

Minimum participants:

Just one!

Maximum participants:

Two classes together or about 45 students for optimum interactivity.

Primary Disciplines

Fine Arts, Language Arts/English, Performing Arts, Sciences, Literacy, Writing, Reading, Problem Solving, Gifted & Talented Storytelling

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)
Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Skype, iChat, Vidyo, Movi/Jabber, Blue Jeans, etc...)

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

No charge for cancellations due to weather.

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Author Valerie Marsh

Johns Island, SC
United States

     Valerie is the author of 13 storytelling books,  a writing teacher, and storyteller. Her books include "Paper Cutting Stories A to Z," "A Treasury of Trickster Tales," "Mystery-Fold: Stories to Tell Draw, and Fold," and "Story Puzzles: Tales in the Tangram Tradition." Other books include puppets made from food, and Heroes & Heroines.
     Valerie uses unique ways to tell tales for all ages including"Paper-Cutting" (fold and cut), "Mystery-Fold" (draw and fold), "Story Puzzles" (creating tangram figures), and Sign Language,  She offers Workshops for students, and professional development for teachers. Her story methods are easy, involve audience participation and get kids excited about writing! No matter which program you request, Valerie tailors her program to your class! Easy and fun!
      Miss Liz Science Wiz  joins Valerie for the Action Science programs. Miss Liz uses puppets and physical actions to anchor basic scientific concepts presented in our video conference programs. Miss Liz will have your students acting out all kinds of physical and life science facts!

Author Valerie Marsh
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Program Details


1. Author Valerie Marsh will begin this program with a quick review of the difference between fiction and non-fiction.l Then she will tell a fiction riddle story about a flower which is folded into a butterfly.
2. Children will discuss the math concept of line of symmetry, retell the story with Valerie and create their own paper butterflies. Students will need a pencil, piece of paper with photocopied pattern on it and a pair of scissors. Having the paper pre-folded and the pattern already traced and/or cut for your students might be very helpful.
3. Puppets "Peepers and Dr. Einstein" along with Miss Liz Science Wiz, present the topics of gravity, force, and the motion of push and pull.
4. Students make predictions regarding what will happen to their paper butterflies as they apply force., drop them from different heights, and add paper clips to their butterflies.
5. Students will experiment with push and pull forces as they make their butterflies glide across
their desk. Students will vary the amount of force that they use.
6. Students will increase the speed of their butterfly by increasing the weight using a paper clip!


Students will:
be able to retell our riddle story about flowers and butterflies
be introduced to the scientific method.
understand the terms predict, and conclude.
learn about the forces of Push versus Pull
learn about the concept of gravity
learn about the concept of an Incline
be able to identify the line of symmetry
work cooperatively with a partner during the experiments.
be active participants while conducting an experiment.
develop an appreciation for physical science.
be able to demonstrate push/pull with an object of their choice
be able to demonstrate gravity with an object of their choice.

During our video workshop, your students will need a pencil, paper clip, 20" length of string, or nylon cord, and a piece of paper with the pattern traced or photocopied on and a pair of scissors. Depending on your students, you might want to have the flower already cut out for them.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

Valerie will tailor her program to the standards that you want to meet with this program. Please let her know if you have specific standards that you would like her to cover.
CCSS.LEA-Literacy.RI.K.1 to .4
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.1 to .7
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.K.1 to .3
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.K.1 to .6
Science K-PS2-1, PS2.A, PS2-2,Motion, Stability, Gravity, PS2.B. PS3.C
Art NA-D.K-4.1, 4.3, NA-T.K-4.1, NA-VA.K-4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.6
Math K- 2MD.A.2

State Standards

Valerie will identify these for your state if you would like.