we visited a live butterfly exhibit and botanical garden
the week before we already knew a lot!
in place my class was beyond excited to get started.
Or maybe it was the fact that our caterpillars had just arrived!
and of course, named them! Pure kid-heaven!
record dates and the changes we observed each day.
butterfly emerged from it’s chrysalis
we analyzed and discussed the data we recorded.
to a calendar. I then placed them in groups with these
discussion cards. They used their calendars to
compare dates and data, discuss with their friends, and
count the days between changes in the life cycle.
We learned some BIG words during this unit! My kiddos
were quite proud of themselves as they used words like
camouflage, metamorphosis, and pollinators during
our discussions and as we worked through our labs!
We had several mini-lessons along the way
and after each one we added our written responses
to our culminating projects, this foldable butterfly booklet.
Each piece of the booklet has a mini-lesson with
visuals or charts as well as a writing component.
I love to get my kids writing, especially about science!
to find out. But first, we dressed up our fingers
as very hungry butterflies!
antennae wrapped around your finger!
100% engagement I tell ya!
Note to self: Do MORE with these!
the tiny hairs on many insect’s feet.
Perfect for holding pollen.
so we could compare our findings to the lesson and talk more
about how butterflies help plants grow.
Oh, and what to do with all that leftover macaroni
now that you’ve used all the cheese?
Make macaroni commas of course!
To integrate math into our butterfly unit, we did this
teacher guided activity.
measured and compared the lengths of the paths
their caterpillars crawled.
I showed my class this absolutely incredible and BEYOND beautiful
video from Ted Talks on YouTube made by filmmaker
Louie Schwartzberg. Click on the picture to view it.
Well now, being a butterfly, or a caterpillar for that matter, is not
all sunshine and nectar. Butterflies have their problems too.
although a tad bit offended that our eyes are just called
life through an insect’s eyes and to compare
a compound eye to a simple eye.
about a butterfly’s life cycle continued across our curriculum.
“butterfly bop” and bopped around the room to
determine if butterfly “facts” were true or false.
of our mini-books and writing to our butterfly booklets
to display at our Spring open house next week!
If you need more resources for your own butterfly unit
you can find this complete unit in my TeachersPayTeachers shop.
Here’s a little peek at all that’s included:
Each mini-lesson and lab includes a writing component
or mini-book that can be added to the final project, the
foldable butterfly booklet. I’ve added
several versions of many of the writing pieces and prompts
to make differentiating a snap! Customize your booklets
by choosing the versions you wish to use!
lesson plans, vocabulary work, reference charts and assessment.
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