Interactive whiteboards have become the alternative to flip charts and chalkboards. Instead of splitting students into small groups or conducting individual computer based exercises, whiteboards allow a teacher to present computer generated content, websites and software to an entire class as part of traditional classroom instruction. Students can also utilise the whiteboard to display presentations to the class.
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Butterfly Life Cycle
Children learn about the various stages of a butterfly's life cycle and discuss the four phases of metamorphosis; from egg, to caterpillar, to pupa and finally to butterfly. Whiteboard activities can include visual demonstrations of metamorphosis, depicting the life cycle as a never ending circle, and interactive games and puzzles to test the students' knowledge of each phase of the life cycle (example: students must put each sequence of the life cycle in the correct order).
Butterfly Observation and Environment
Children observe butterflies in their natural habitat through movies and interactive whiteboard exhibits. Students take a field trip to a butterfly conservatory without ever leaving their classroom, by viewing a whiteboard presentation including videos and live webcams of butterflies in the exhibit. Children can also visit a natural museum through their whiteboard and research an interactive field guide to different butterfly species to find out where they live and what they eat, as well as details about their habitat.
Children learn about the biology of a butterfly with interactive materials on butterfly anatomy. Children can look at specific parts of the insect in close up detail. If students have specific questions that they cannot find the answer to, some whiteboard presentations have an option to "ask the expert" and pose their question live to scientists working with the butterflies.
Educators can use the whiteboard to illustrate symmetrical patterns using the symmetry of butterfly wings as a visual guide for the children. Teachers can illustrate the symmetry by outlining the wings on the whiteboard with their finger or digital whiteboard pen. Students reinforce their knowledge of symmetry by directing an interactive whiteboard activity to decorate a butterfly's wings symmetrically on each side.
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