In third grade, we’ve been observing our mealworms almost religiously, paying careful attention to any new developments.  We’re waiting for the mealworms (larva) to change into the next stage, the pupa.  My students have watched as the mealworms have shed their exoskeleton, and today, we even caught one in the process!  It was quite the celebration!

“Whoa!  What is it doing?” said one student.

“Wait a second, it’s halfway out of its skin…I mean, exoskeleton,” replied another.

“Miss Hansen, can I have the magnifying glass?” said a third.

And if that wasn’t exciting enough, we also spotted a mealworm entering the pupa stage.  It almost blended into the oatmeal in the tub, but someone’s eagle eyes saw it.  The slightest hint of a milky-white color.

Chaos erupted.

“Check this out!”

“Should we be quiet?”

“Why aren’t all of the mealworms changing stages?”

The questions and comments filled the air, and students hurried back to their spots to record their observations.

And one of my favorite comments: “I can’t wait to go home and tell my mom!”

Just wait until the mealworms complete their metamorphosis!


Thanks to Stacey, Anna, Beth, Tara, Dana, and Betsy at Two Writing Teachers for creating a place for writers to share their work and hosting the March Slice of Life Story Challenge!


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