Butterfly Life Cycle Complete Science Unit

Linda Kamp
Grade Levels
1st - 4th, Homeschool
Formats Included
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118 pages
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This comprehensive butterfly life cycle unit combines science, reading and writing with hands on leaning labs for first grade, second grade, and third grade students to learn about the stages in the life cycle of butterflies, pollination, the compound eye, metamorphosis, adaptations and so much more! Whether or not you raise live butterflies, this quality science resource is the perfect addition to your butterfly life cycle activities.

Packed with over 25 highly engaging activities. The hands-on mini-lessons, experiments, activities, and printables provide rigor and depth, but most of all FUN! Get your students writing about science as they complete a culminating project perfect for assessment in a foldable butterfly life cycle booklet. These make a great open house display, too!

Each component of the butterfly booklet aligns to a mini-lesson. Students learn about it, write about it, then add it to their booklets. Mini-lessons include visuals that can be projected during the lesson or printed as a reference chart to display and support students in working independently. Several activities can be easily included in your literacy centers. Please note this file is not editable.

The unit includes:

Teacher Guide:

Detailed lesson plans & Unit pacing guide

Large vocabulary cards & picture cards with close up details using real pictures

Butterfly Life cycle posters bulletin board set

Unit Assessment with Answer Key

Projectable visuals for each lesson

Diagrams- Parts of a butterfly and caterpillar


Stages of the Life Cycle

What is Metamorphosis?

What Do Caterpillars Eat?

How Do Caterpillars Protect Themselves?

What Do Butterflies Eat?

How Do Butterflies Protect Themselves?

Comparing Butterflies to Moths

Exploring the Power of Pollination

Compound Eye: What Do Butterflies See?

Learning Labs/Experiments:

At-A-Glance Resource Guide

Observing the Changes with Observation Journal (plus 2 covers to choose from)

Labeling the Parts of a Caterpillar

Labeling the Parts of a Butterfly

What Is Pollination?

How Do Butterflies Help Plants Grow?

Looking Through An Insect’s Eyes

Additional Activities:

Math Journal Measurement Activity: How Far Did the Caterpillar Crawl?

Collecting Data and Using a Calendar to record changes

Data Discussion Cards

True or False? Butterfly Facts Task Cards

Butterfly Life Cycle Problem/Solution cut & paste printable

Foldable Butterfly Booklet:

Directions for Assembly with pictures

Several of the templates include multiple versions of the writing prompts and mini-book pages to customize your booklets and easily differentiate.

Happy teaching and thanks so much for visiting my store!

Linda Kamp

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