Lesson Plan

Life Cycle of a Butterfly

What is the life cycle of a butterfly and what other animals have similar life cycles?
Colleen M.
Classroom teacher
Lakeshore Elementary School
Holland, MI
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My Grades Pre-K, K, 1
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies
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Students will be able to... Identify the 4 parts of a butterfly life cycle

Students will be able to ...give at least one other animal that has a similar life cycle.  

Grades K - 1
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1 Hook

Activity: Exploring

Students will be shown a model of the four parts of a butterfly life cycle. Starting with the egg I will ask the. If they know what animal might come out of this egg.  Then show them a representation of a caterpillar, chrysalis and finally the butterfly. I will then talk to the students about if they know what all of these things have in common?  Then I will move on.  

2 Direct Instruction

Activity: Broadcasting

Students will watch this video (http://m.natgeotv.com/ca/great-migrations/videos/growing-up-butterfly) to learn about the life cycle of a butterfly. It will show them the four different parts and how each part is unique. Students need to understand the four unique parts and in which order they occur. 

3 Guided practice

Students will use educreations with a partner to create a visual display of the life cycle of a butterfly. 

4 Wrap up

Students will share what they know by using a learner response system (infuse learning).  Students will respond to teacher generated questions to show that they know the four stages in the life cycle of a butterfly. They will also have a chance to share with the class if they found any animals that had a similar life cycle. They will then have a chance to explain how it is similar. 

5 Independent Practice

Students will use the website to research animals that have a similar life cycle as a butterfly. Students will record how they are similar so that they can share that information with the class. They will be able to choose how they want to show that they are similar. Some examples are making a video, using Educreations, etc). Educreations