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2. View websites (listed below) as a class, or individually, to learn more about the life cycles of butterflies and moths. Discuss these terms:
3. After observing the stages of the life cycle of the butterfly, instruct students to create their own illustrations of the butterfly life cycle and label each stage of development. (This could be done on the top half of a folded sheet of paper or on a paper plate divided into quarters.) Encourage use of the vocabulary terms listed above.
4. Ask students to compare the life cycle of a butterfly with the life cycle of an animal with which they are familiar: humans, a dog, cat, horse, frog, bird, etc . . . How are butterfly life cycles similar to the life cycles of other animals? How are they different? How many stages are found in the life cycle of a butterfly? a frog? a bird?
5. After this discussion, ask students to draw the life cycle of a different animal. (This could be done on the bottom half of the sheet of paper or on a different paper plate divided into the appropriate number of stages.) Help them to label the stages of development.
Strategies For Diverse Learners:
Write songs or sing songs about butterfly life cycles.
Using the melody of "Pop Goes the Weasel", sing:
Then go rest inside.
When I come out, I've changed indeed.
Look I'm a butterfly.
Read The Caterpillar by Christina G. Rossetti:
Caterpillar in a hurry;
Take your walk to the shady leaf or stalk.
May the little birds pass by you;
Spin and die,
To live again a butterfly.
What do caterpillars do?
Study symmetry in butterfly patterns. Cut out a symmetrical butterfly shape, fold it in half and let students place blobs of paint on one side. Fold the butterfly in half while paint is still wet to create symmetrically painted patterns on the butterfly.
The Butterfly Alphabet by Kjell B. Sandved has photos of actual butterfly wings that have alphabet shaped markings. Students delight in finding each letter of the alphabet. Each page is labeled with the name of the butterfly on which the markings may be found.
2. Science Netlinks lesson Butterfly 1: Observing the Life Cycle of a Butterfly. URL: http://www.sciencenetlinks.com/lessons.cfm?Grade=k-2&BenchmarkID=11&DocID=6
3. Adapted from two lesson plans created by Kathleen Webb and Stevane Godina.
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