Butterfly HD

This Butterfly HD app also includes:

Why did the butterfly flutter by? To lay some eggs and restart the life cycle! This adorable application can be used from kindergarten through fifth grade to learn details of each stage of the Lepidopteran lifecycle: egg, caterpillar, chrysalis, and butterfly.

K - 5th Science 1 Collection 142 Views 74 Downloads
CCSS: Designed
NGSS: Adaptable
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App Overview

Getting Started:

  • Tap the Graduation Cap icon to see standards correlations
  • Touch i information button for how to navigate the app
  • Choose whether or not to listen to the easy-listening background music
  • Select any of the four stages of the butterfly life cycle to begin learning
    • Egg
    • Caterpillar
    • Chrysalis
    • Butterfly
  • Press Play to place each stage in its proper place in the cycle

Within any of the four stages, find the following features:

  • Pop Quiz: Three Bloom's taxonomy levels of multiple-choice questions
  • Camera: A slide show of high-definition photographs
  • Video: Curated YouTube videos about butterfly life cycles
  • Home: Return to main screen
  • Read to Me: Opt to have text read out loud
  • Speaker: Choose to have light background music on or off
  • Informational text
  • Mini slide show
  • Did You Know? bar with high-interest facts
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Rating Details

  • Adherence to task
  • Worth the money
  • Fun factor
  • Scaffolding of learning

    Tap the information button for direction

  • User safety
  • Control and feedback

    It would be nice if you could change terminology used

  • How techie do I need to be?
Instructional Ideas

  • At a science center, have an adult guide beginning biologists through the reading, the Did You Know? bar, and the pictures to teach about each stage in the butterfly life cycle
  • For upper elementary kids, design a comprehension worksheet for them to complete or have them take notes in science journals as they explore each stage of the life cycle
  • Use the slide shows and videos as part of your lesson via projector
Classroom Considerations

  • Wi-Fi, 3G, or 4G is required to view the additional HD photos accessible through the camera icon and the videos found through the video recorder icon. Photographs can be enlarged to full screen by pinching out, and videos can be enlarged partially by pressing the arrows icon in the video status bar.
  • You will need to investigate the app before using it in the classroom; some activities are more appropriate for primaries, such as the Play feature. On the other hand, the informational text and questions to answer all require an adequate amount of reading.
  • You may prefer to use the terms "larva" for the caterpillar, and "pupa" for the chrysalis stages, or at least introduce them with your upper elementary graders. 

  • Designed to meet Common Core standards for reading informational text
  • Captivating cartoon-style graphics
  • Amazingly colorful photographs for each stage

  • Not every feature will be engaging for every grade level
  • Topic screen photographs could be larger for easier viewing
  • There are no saving or sharing features for quiz scores
  • The number of interactive features is limited