Lesson Plan

Butterfly Life Cycle

Focused little scientists will flitter their arms back and forth across the room with excitement as they learn the life cycle of a butterfly and how living things grow and change over time.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Order a live butterfly kit to grow in the class for curious little scientists to observe
  • Schedule a field trip to a zoo, gardens, or butterfly sanctuary
  • Show photos of a human baby, child, teen, adult, and mature adult so that little scientists can grasp the life cycle concept
  • Little ones can blink their eyes quickly. paying attention to the feeling of their eyelashes to get the sensation of the flapping of butterfly wings 
Classroom Considerations
  • Lesson is written by a student teacher and includes a personal reflection page
  • Written for English language learners; however it can be used in all classes
  • Can use different butterfly books if The Butterfly Counting Book and Where Butterflies Grow are not part of your class library
  • Materials and preparation are needed for the activity
  • Lesson does not clearly explain that the usage of materials
  • Worksheets and photos included
  • Written to include English language learners
  • Some details in the plan are unclear
  • Includes personal reflection
  • Objective is not addressed