Butterflies

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Using our visually engaging Butterflies Lesson Plan, students will be able to identify and explain the stages for the life cycle of a butterfly, define related terms, and label the parts of an insect.  Tap into natural curiosity and prior exposure to butterflies, as well as develop communication skills as students discuss unusual colors or patterns they’ve seen in butterflies.

Butterflies Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Butterflies content pages (2)
  • Activity pages (4), Practice page, Homework page
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 1-2 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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Description

Using our visually engaging Butterflies Lesson Plan, students will be able to identify and explain the stages for the life cycle of a butterfly, define related terms, and label the parts of an insect.  Tap into natural curiosity and prior exposure to butterflies, as well as develop communication skills as students discuss unusual colors or patterns they’ve seen in butterflies.
Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Resources Snippet:
  1. Display a large image of a butterfly and a caterpillar. Ask: What do these two creatures have in common?
  2. Allow for responses and discussion.
  3. Ask students if they know that butterflies were once caterpillars. Introduce the life cycle of a butterfly.
  4. Distribute Butterflies content pages. Read and review the information with the students. Carefully review each stage of the cycle with the students, as well as the parts of an insect. Use the additional resources to enhance understanding. Use the final question for lesson closing.
  5. Distribute Activity pages. Read and review the instructions. It will be easier for students to color the images before cutting them apart. They are to place them in order on the construction paper.
  6.  Allow students to use content pages to label the images and to include a few brief notes about each stage.
  7. Once students are completed, each student may share their work with the class.
  8. Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses.
  9. Distribute the Homework page. The next day, check and review the students’ responses.
  10. In closing, ask students: Have you ever seen a butterfly with unusual colors? What did it look like?

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Additional information

Grade Level

1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade

Subject

Science