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Butterfly Unit – How to Attract Butterflies
Art, Language Arts, Math, Science
Title – Butterfly Unit – How to Attract Butterflies
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 (Science): 1.1 Recognizes diversity of living things, 1.1.1 Identifies diversity of living things, 1.3 Recognizes parts of living things, 1.3.1 Identifies parts of living things, 1.8.1 Identifies animals in environment, 1.8.2 Identifies animals by movement, 6.2.2 Treats living things with respect/responsibility
Objectives: The objectives are for the children to observe butterflies up close in order to learn more about them, and to foster an appreciation and curiosity about them
Introduction: We will talk about what fruits butterflies are attracted to, such as bananas, strawberries, watermelon, and apples.
Lesson: In class we will cut up some of these fruits and make our own butterfly delight. We will place the cut up fruit in a plastic container, and mix in sugar water. We will hang it outside our classroom and observe it a couple of times a day to see if we have any visitors.
We will make a class graph to note what butterflies and other insects come to our feeder. The children can continue to do this even after the mini-unit is over.
Materials: bananas, strawberries, apples, sugar water, plastic container, paper and pens for graph.
Self-Evaluation: I will evaluate this lesson purely on the joy and excitement the children display getting to see butterflies and other insects up close at our feeder.
ESOL accommodations: There are a lot of visual, hands-on components in this lesson that are helpful to ESOL children.
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