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Butterfly’s Life Cycle


Language Arts, Science  



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
  • Crayons
  • Glue
  • 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?”


  1. Read The Very Hungry Caterpillar .
  2. Ask questions during the book, such as “What phase is this? Egg?”
  3. Talk about how plants, animals and even humans change.
  4. Ask, “What is the human life cycle?”
    • Baby, child, teenager, and adult!
  5. 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.

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