Butterfly Life Cycle Activities Butterfly Worksheets

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1st - 3rd
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Butterfly Life Cycle Unit and Butterfly Activities Learning about a butterfly's life cycle is easy and fun with this butterfly thematic unit. Butterfly activities include anchor charts, worksheets, writing prompts, tab-books, and so much more! Perfect for blending your reading and science curriculum.

Your students will love the hands-on experiments, butterfly journals, and creative fun! You'll love how easy it will be to teach a science concept in both your reading and science blocks!


Here's what's inside:

  • Resource Page- Resource suggestions and links to books, diagrams, and video to enhance your teaching!

  • Butterfly Vocabulary Mini-Posters and Vocabulary Building Sheets- includes 8 butterfly vocabulary posters to highlight key terms used throughout the unit- including: butterfly, metamorphosis, insect, caterpillar, chrysalis, proboscis, antennae, and molting. Also includes a vocabulary building worksheet activity to help students better understand and use the terms.

  • My Butterfly Journal and Butterfly Parts Diagram- An interactive journal for students to record the data from their experiment. Also includes a butterfly parts diagram.

  • From Caterpillar to Butterfly? Butterfly Experiment-Using the scientific method students will discover how long it takes for a caterpillar to turn into a butterfly.

  • Butterfly Charts- Use the charts during your unit to build comprehension, record learning, and spot-check vocabulary. Charts included: Butterfly KWL- includes student copy Butterfly Can Have Are- includes student copy

  • Butterfly Fact or Opinion- Students work to sort butterfly facts from opinions. Perfect for building a foundation for research and decerning important facts.

  • Butterfly Facts Lift Up Book- After learning butterfly facts, students design their own butterflies. Then, add 4 facts under each wing.

  • Butterfly Tab-books- Use these two tab-books to compare butterflies to moths and butterflies to caterpillars.

  • Butterfly 3-2-1- After students learn about butterflies, have them summarize their learning with this quick print resource

  • Butterfly Retell- Students complete these story elements graphic organizer after reading a fictional butterfly book.

  • Butterfly Nonfiction vs. Fiction- Students compare two books to show what they have learned.

  • Butterfly or Moth Reading Comprehension- Students learn about the differences between butterflies and moths and answer comprehension questions pertaining to the article.

  • Butterfly Life Cycle Headband- After learning about a butterfly’s life cycle, students sequence the life cycle on a headband. Add wings and antennae for a festive look!

  • Butterfly Cinquain Poem- Students create a simple 5 line poem about butterflies. Then, create a symmetry butterfly to decorate their poems.

  • From Caterpillar to Butterfly Writing Activity and Diagram- After learning about butterflies, students write an expository essay about how a butterfly moves through it’s life cycle. Includes brainstorm, writing sheet, and diagram pieces.


Why It's a MUST! ✅

You'll love how easy it is to teach a butterfly thematic unit in your classroom with this pack! All the activities are classroom-proven and standards-aligned. Your students will have fun learning about butterflies through hands-on and creative activities!


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Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
Identify the main topic and retell key details of a text.
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Ask and answer questions to help determine or clarify the meaning of words and phrases in a text.
Know and use various text features (e.g., headings, tables of contents, glossaries, electronic menus, icons) to locate key facts or information in a text.


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