Life Cycle of the Butterfly
Where Have All the Caterpillars Gone?

Have you ever wondered why you never see baby butterflies flying through the air with the mommy butterfly?  Have you ever wondered what happens to the little caterpillar after he goes into his cocoon?  Well, for the next week in class, we are going to work to answer these questions!  This lesson plan details the activities that we will complete in order to become experts about the life cycle of the butterfly.  It begins with Monday’s activities and will be updated each evening to show the next set of activities we will work on.  Here is the schedule for Monday:

1. Read Aloud: The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

2. Concept Map: draw pictures to match the name of each phase of the life cycle.

3. Book Making: create individual books that match Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

4. Butterfly Observation Center: set up our new butterfly observation center, which will contain butterfly eggs that will hopefully hatch and allow the entire class to watch the cycle first-hand!  Students will sketch what they see happening in the center each week.

I’m so excited for the first day of our unit on the life cycle of the butterfly!  I hope you are, too.  See you Monday!

Mrs. Holbrook

Butterfly Life Cycle
Life Science
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Fine Arts
English/Language Arts
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