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Butterfly Unit – Life Cycles of Butterflies


Art, Language Arts, Math, Science  


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Title – Butterfly Unit – Life Cycles of Butterflies
By – Leslie Tetrault
Primary Subject – Science
Secondary Subjects – Math, Art, Language Arts
Grade Level – 1-2

Butterfly Unit Contents:

Note from This Butterfly Unit uses some materials (books, life cycle cards, worksheets, butterfly shape cutouts, etc.) that are not included. You may be able to create your own version of the materials, purchase the materials, do without the materials, or contact the author at the email address at the bottom of this lesson plan to request more information on the materials.

Standards Met (Science): 1.1.1 Identifies diversity of living things, 1.3.1 Identifies parts of living things, 1.8.2 Identifies animals by movement, 6.4.3 Draws pictures of observations, 6.1 Utilizes the scientific method, 6.1.1 Poses questions. (Language Arts) 5.4.1 Writes simple sentences, 5.4.4 Sequences words in sentences, 6.2 Uses legible handwriting.

Objectives: The objectives of this lesson are that the children will learn the meaning of the word metamorphosis, recognize the stages in a butterfly’s life cycle, be able to classify butterflies by type, color, and food, and learn to ask questions to further their knowledge.

Introduction: To introduce this lesson, I will share the life cycle cards with the children. We will discuss the stages and I will introduce the term metamorphosis.

Lesson: I will give them a paper that has all the life cycle names along with some facts about that stage. We will talk about the stages, and I will make sure they understand, and answer any questions. I will give them a worksheet where they will draw and label the stages of the butterfly, and one fact about that stage. After this activity, we will watch a video called Life Cycles of Butterflies, so the children will have a good visual representation to learn from.

Materials: The materials used will be caterpillar life cycle stage cards, butterfly life stages information paper, butterfly life cycle worksheet.

Self-Evaluation: I will evaluate this lesson by looking at the life cycle worksheets that the children work on, and asking questions to assess their understanding. I will also ask them to discuss with the class what they have learned from this lesson.

ESOL accommodation: This is a great activity for ESOL children because of the visual aspects of the cards and the video, and because the children will work together to do their worksheets.

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