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Fourth graders describe the life cycle of a butterfly and design and maintain a classroom insect habitat. In this several months-long project, they raise caterpillars indoors in aquariums after identifying their creatures in a field guide. Once the butterflies emerge, they observe them for a few days and then release them.
Students write the letter B using shaving cream, and practice making the letter numerous times this way. In this letter B lesson, students read and discuss the book "The Butterfly Alphabet Book". Students participate in playing the game color bingo. Students then use a paint program on the computer to create and color a butterfly. Students then use construction paper and re-create the digital butterfly they created.
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!
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.
Data collection and interpretation is a big part of math as well as science. Get kids into graphing with a hands-on lesson where butterflies are the main attraction. The class reviews everything they know about the monarch life cycle, migration, and the characteristics of monarch larvae. Each child measures a monarch caterpillar, records his findings, and then uses the data to create a class distribution chart. Multiplication, metric measurement, and the life cycle; sounds like a winning combination!
Students explore butterfly life cycles and movement. In this integrated fine arts and biology life cycle lesson, students listen to the book The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle and identify the related life cycle stages. Students view a slide show about metamorphosis, then brainstorm ways in which a butterfly moves. Students identify and practice elements of dance (explained in the lesson), then work with a group to choreograph a "butterfly dance."
“There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly” (Buckminster Fuller). And the teaching point of this resource is that to understand as much as possible about a topic, a savvy researcher reads a variety of texts about the topic and does a cross-text analysis of the information. To practice this skill, pupils read two poems, an editorial, and an encyclopedia excerpt regarding butterflies and then fill out the cross-text analysis graphic organizer.
Students with moderate and severe disabilities explore the life cycle of a butterfly. In this life cycle lesson, students participate in a variety of activities that explain a butterfly life cycle. Students read a story and conduct observations which helps to begin the understanding of the butterfly life cycle. Students also participate in an activity where they create a butterfly nursery which allows them to examine the life cycle closely.