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Butterfly’s Life Cycle
Science, Language Arts
Title – Butterfly Cycle
By – Daniela Rodriguez
Primary Subject – Science
Secondary Subjects – Language Arts
Grade Level – 2nd
Texas Essential Knowledge Science Standards:
(2.6A) Animal Body Parts – Growing and Changing of Animals.
- Define a “life cycle”
- Identify the four important steps in the butterfly’s life cycle
- Organize a butterfly’s life cycle in proper order
- 15 copies of a Butterfly Life Cycle worksheet
(coloring pictures of the 4 phases – not in order – with blanks for a step number and caption)
- 15 green sheets of paper
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar book
- Create and copy worksheets
- Gather the sheets of green paper, the caterpillar book and the other materials
- Student seated at their desk facing front so they can see the book.
- “What is a cycle?”
- If their answer describes a bicycle, say that this is one form of the word.
- “Bi” means two and “cycle” means circle or wheel, so a bicycle does have two circular wheels that go around. Another form of the word “cycle” means a circular process – a process with steps or phases that keep repeating: 1,2,3,4,1,2,3,4,1,2… like a wheel keeps turning.”
- “Do humans have a cycle? What about a “circle of life” or “life cycle”?
- “Do animals have a cycle?”
- Read The Very Hungry Caterpillar .
- Ask questions during the book, such as “What phase is this? Egg?”
- Talk about how plants, animals and even humans change.
- Ask, “What is the human life cycle?”
- Baby, child, teenager, and adult!
- After reading the book, pass out the worksheets and the green paper.
- “Okay class, now take your green construction paper and fold it in fourths (or in half twice).
- Then look at your phase worksheet. You are going to color the phases and then glue them in order onto your green paper.
- Each phase should be numbered and have a caption. That is what the blanks are for.
- On the back of the green paper, you are going to write a butterfly story.
Have children share their story and review the four main phases of the butterfly cycle.