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Butterfly Unit – Eat Like a Butterfly


Art, Language Arts, Math, Science  


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Title – Butterfly Unit – Eat Like a Butterfly
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 Recognizes diversity of living things, 1.1.1 Identifies diversity of living things, 1.3.1 Identifies parts of living things, 6.1.2 Seeks answers, 6.2.1 Follows directions, 6.3.1 Participates in cooperative activities/tasks.

Objectives: The objectives of this lesson are for the children to experience how butterflies drink nectar from flowers.

Introduction: I will introduce this lesson by talking to the children about how most butterflies use nectar from flowers as their main source of food.

Lesson: We will do an art activity to illustrate this concept. We will use plastic cups with a straw inserted through a flower. They will tape the flower over the top of the cup to cover the opening. The children will make the flowers and drink through the flowers to get a sense of how butterflies drink nectar. The straw represents the long proboscis that butterflies have in their mouths and use to drink the nectar of flowers.

After this activity, I will ask the children if they have ever seen butterflies in a garden, and they have noticed what they do. I will ask them if they have noticed other insects visiting flowers.

Materials: The materials from this lesson are plastic drinking cups, straws, construction paper for flowers, scissors, tape, and water.

Evaluation: I will evaluate this lesson by discussing how butterflies drink with the children. I will ask them to draw a picture and write a couple of sentences about what they understood about this experience.

ESOL accommodations: This is a great hands-on, visual experience for all children, but especially ESOL children. From this activity they will get the sense of how butterflies drink.

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