Lesson Plan

Egg to Butterfly

Understanding the life cycle of an butterfly
Jill D.
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies

Students will be able to define metamorphisis.

Students will be able to identify and describe the stages of the life cycle.

Students will become familiar with the anatomy of an adult butterfly.

Grades 1 – 2
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1 The Hook

Activity: Reading

The teacher will read caterpillar and butterfly books to the students.  

Recommended titles include: 

Monarch Butterfly By: Gail Gibbons

The Butterfly By: Anna Milbourne and Cathy Skimmen

From Caterpillar to Butterfly By: Deborah Heiligman


The teacher will now lead a discussion with the students to complete a KWL chart (Know, Want to know, Learn).  This chart will focus on the life cycle of the butterfly and facts about the butterfly.  (Using Notability on the iPads) During "The Hook" the "K - Know" and "W - Want to know" columns of the chart will be completed.  

2 Direct Instruction

The teacher will play a prepared Educreation presentation.  This presentation will include facts on the life cycle of the butterfly (Egg, Caterpillar, Chrysaslis, Butterfly), anatomy of the butterfly, definitions, etc.  This part of the lesson will provide a chunk of the information for the students.  


3 Guided Practice

Students will be paired into groups and asked to use the internet and apps on the iPad to complete their Notability KWL chart.  

4 Independent Practice

Students will work alone, upon completing KWL chart on Notability, to create a Tellagami presentation.  This application will be used to create a presentation to show mastery.  

Example of a Tellagami: 


5 Wrap-Up

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The teacher will view Tellagami presentations as students present them to the class one at a time (graded activity).  Also, students will log onto the iPad and use Quizlet to complete a prepared quiz on butterflies and the life cycle.  Answers and scores will be sent to the teacher.