The 1st graders at Hamilton Heights Elementary collect monarch caterpillars, observe the metamorphosis, tag and release the butterflies. My son Tommy went on to join 4-H and enter the entomolgy project, which he has done each year for the last 7 years. Twice his projct went to state and he was invited to the Purdue entomolgy department for a day.
This year his fair entry included an education box about monarchs. He used pictures he took of monarch eggs, larva, pupa, and adults. We watched a monarch lay an egg on our swamp milkweed. Then he took the leaf into the house put it under his low power microscope, used his desk lamp for light and took pictures by holding the digital camera to the lense. After taking many pictures, he had several that were very good.
This type of hands-on learning and personal involvement can turn a 4-H project into something very special and worthwhile. In this way his learning experiences were passed on to others.