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Butterfly Unit -What Caterpillars Eat
Math, Science, Language Arts, Art
Title – Butterfly Unit -What Caterpillars Eat
By – Leslie Tetrault
Primary Subject – Science
Secondary Subjects – Math, Art, Language Arts
Grade Level – 1-2
Butterfly Unit Contents:
- What Caterpillars Eat
- From Caterpillar to Butterfly
- Life Cycles of Butterflies
- Life Cycle Sequencing
- Eat Like a Butterfly
- How to Attract Butterflies
- Symmetry Lesson
- Butterfly Poetry
- What Have We Learned?
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Standards Met (Language arts): 1.1 Listens attentively, 1.1.1 Listens according to criteria, 1.3 Demonstrates following directions skills, 1.2.1 Relates experience, 1.2.2 Contributes orally within groups, 1.2.5 Uses effective speaking strategies, 3.2.1 Recognizes detail, 3.4.3 Identifies real or imaginary. (Science), 6.4.3 Draws pictures of observations, 1.1.1 Identifies diversity of living things.
Objectives: The objectives of this lesson are for the children to learn what caterpillars eat to become big and strong and turn into butterflies.
Introduction: We would look at the life-cycle cards and have some discussion about them. I would tell them that I am going to read a book about caterpillars and what they eat. I would ask the children to pay attention to what foods in the story they think the caterpillar really eats, and which ones are just in the story for fun.
Lesson: We would read The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle. After reading the book, we would discuss which items of food the children thought that the caterpillar really eats, and which ones are fantasy. I would ask them to draw pictures of some of the foods listed in the story, and label them fact or fantasy. I would also have a puppet that transforms from a caterpillar to a butterfly and back again.
Materials: Life cycle cards, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, caterpillar/butterfly puppet.
Self-Evaluation: I would evaluate this lesson by listening to the list of foods the children had at the end of the story, and looking at their pictures.
ESOL accommodations: This is a good lesson for children because as we read the story, we will see the pictures of the foods, and hear the names also. The children will all sit at their desks and draw the pictures of food working together.
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