Study Life Cycles with Butterflies

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All living things grow and change throughout their lives, but few as dramatically as the monarch butterfly. Explore the interesting life cycle of this insect as children collect caterpillars, create habitats, and observe the incredible metamorphosis that follows. Keep daily observation journals, recording changes and making predictions about what will happen next. Establish cross-curricular connections by measuring and graphing the growth of the caterpillars before they become chrysalises. A great activity that provides an up-close-and-personal look into the life of these beautiful insects.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Pros

  • Engages learners with first-hand observation of caterpillars and butterflies
  • Offers an idea for extending learning about life cycles
  • Provides a list of related resources including books, software, video, and list of butterfly suppliers
Cons

  • Teacher must develop lessons that accompany this activity and explicity address key vocabulary terms and concepts