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Insect Life Cycles
Butterflies are fascinating! Their development is an intriguing example of natural life cycles. Read a book about butterflies to your learners (several are recommended), and focus on the term life cycle as you explain stages animals go through. Learners can act out the butterfly's life cycle, and create a book illustrating the various stages. This is not included, but you could create or find a template. Pair with further insect research or a trip to a preserve!
Symmetry is found in nature, math, and art. Kids get creative with symmetry as they make three different butterflies with symmetrical markings. They discuss why animals have such markings and where they can be found in nature. Tip: Use this resource with the hungry caterpillar lesson published by the same company. Making a caterpillar and then a butterfly is a wonderful way to study the life cycle.
Butterflies and Blooms
The Northwoods of Wisconsin are lovely in the summer,and they are also home to many flower and butterfly species. Investigate the ways in which seasonal flowers and butterflies are interdependent on each other for survival with a fun activity. The class will view and discuss various butterflies and blooms from the region and then construct a wheel that shows which butterflies are attracted to which flowers and why.
Why and Where Do Butterflies Migrate
Students investigate butterfly migration. In this butterfly lesson, students discuss butterfly migration, Monarch butterflies, and milkweed. Students locate milkweed locations on a map and locate the migration patterns of Monarchs. Students visit a website to learn more on the migration patterns of butterflies.
In the Time of Butterflies: List-Group-Label
Use the list-group-label strategy to introduce your class to In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez. The teacher begins by writing a word on the board (dictatorship is suggested here), and then the kids write as many words as they can associate with this word. Lead your class in categorizing these words and defining any unknown or confusing ones. Consider brainstorming a few alternate words to present your class.
The Life Cycle of the Butterfly
Second graders study the life cycle of a butterfly by observing metamorphosis taking place in a butterfly pavilion. Students illustrate their understandings of the body parts of a caterpillar and butterfly, as well as the life cycle, through a 3-D art project. Also, 2nd graders complete center and games to learn interesting facts and vocabulary.
Classroom Animals & Pets - Insects & Company - Butterflies
Students examine the life cycle of a butterfly. They place caterpillars in a cage and observe their change to a butterfly. Students discover how much a caterpillar eats and annotate growth information.
Students complete art projects about butterflies. In this butterflies lesson plan, students complete projects including tissue paper butterflies, edible caterpillars, coloring pages, and more.
Butterfly Lesson Plans
Students study the life cycle of the Monarch Chrysalis. In this butterfly life cycle lesson, students study the monarch butterfly life cycle and focus on the fourth stage of the life cycle. Students draw a picture about the fourth stage of the life cycle, update a time line to show the Monarch butterfly life cycle, and add to their virtual butterfly with the information they learned in this lesson.
Students classify the characteristics of butterflies and moths moths. In this life cycle lesson, students identify butterflies and moths common in the state of Iowa as well as their characteristics. Students then learn the proper catch and release tactics.
Life Cycle of a Butterfly
Students complete a variety of exercises involving butterflies and their life cycle.
Building a Butterfly Garden
Students plant a garden which will become the habitat for butterflies as they go through their life cycle. In this life cycle lesson plan, students grow plants that attract butterflies and feed caterpillars in order to observe the entire life cycle of a butterfly.
Building a Butterfly Garden
Students build butterfly habitats. In this butterfly garden instructional activity, students work together to plant and maintain a butterfly garden that allows them to observe the attributes and life cycle of butterflies.
The Butterfly Project Lesson Plan
Young scholars explore language arts by conducting an oral presentation in class. They create butterfly illustrations and read the Holocaust-related stories,"Fireflies in the Dark" and "The Cat with the Yellow Star." Learners practice public speaking by reciting a poem from one of the books in front of the class.
Butterfly Life Cycle
Students create the butterfly life cycle using different kinds of pasta. In this butterfly life cycle lesson plan, students complete all four stages.
Butterfly Life Cycle
Students identify the stages in the butterfly life cycle. After completing a KWL chart, students participate in a brief lecture on the stages of the butterfly life cycle. Using reading books and Internet research, students complete an illustration of the life cycle and an included worksheet.
Young scholars study butterfly metamorphosis. In this science lesson plan, students read "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" and create a model of butterfly metamorphosis. Young scholars write a paragraph about the process.
Life Cycle of a Butterfly/ Moth
Students explore the life cycle of butterflies, illustrate the life cycle of the butterfly, and compare the researched facts to stories written by Eric Carle about caterpillars and butterflies.
Monarch Migration Mapping
Why do monarch butterflies migrate, and where do they go? After reading a few selections with the teacher, learners use what they've learned about monarch migration to map the route many monarchs take throughout the year. They get their math hats on as they use string to measure, and then multiply, to determine the distance a monarch butterfly travels throughout his lifetime. The activity provides a wonderful blend of mathematical application and scientific reasoning.
New! The Caterpillar or Larva
The larval stage of the butterfly life cycle is quite exciting. Start a discussion about the specially designed body parts unique to caterpillars. After examining images of caterpillars, learners use plastic soda bottles, string, and leaves to construct caterpillar rearing containers, which they use to watch their larva cocoon and grow.