Butterfly Spring Science Unit - Reading & Writing Activities - Life Cycle Craft

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LOVE THIS RESOURCE! I love the crafts, non-fiction readings and the butterfly journal log. Best purchase.
This is a wonderful resource. Great information! I used this resource as we were watching our butterflies go through the life cycle.
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Do you need engaging lesson ideas and activities to teach students about butterflies this spring? These non-fiction ELA and science mini-lessons and activities are a fun way for your learners to discover more about caterpillars and how they turn into butterflies.

This resource will help your first grade, second grade, or third grade students build writing skills, understand informational text, and build reading comprehension while they learn interesting facts about how butterflies grow and their lives as caterpillars.

⭐ Create anchor charts to lead your lessons and use the low-prep activities to teach a comprehensive unit that supports every student in your classroom.

⭐ Students will discover all about butterflies by reading captivating non-fiction text that is written in student language and completing partner projects and independent activities.

⭐ Butterfly printable templates and materials are provided to teach how to draw and label a butterfly, the life cycle of a butterfly, conduct a butterfly research project, learn butterfly facts and vocabulary, create a butterfly craft, and more to fill your spring or insect themed unit!

What you get in this HUGE Butterflies unit:

· Visual activity instructions for your lessons

· Non-fiction children’s book list about butterflies to use for your project

· Know, Wonder, Learn (KWL) & Schema activities with anchor chart headers

· Vocabulary and fact posters with real photographs

· Vocabulary activities – matching & cards

· Fact sorting and recording pages

· Labeled diagrams of a butterfly and caterpillar

· Printable booklets for kids to fill-in, read, and draw

· Life cycle of a butterfly with anchor chart headers, activities, and mini books

· Butterfly photo analysis

· Differentiated writing prompts

· Butterfly directed drawing

· Butterfly writing and craft

· Butterfly observation journal

· Research report booklet and writing paper

· Compare & contrast butterflies and caterpillars on a Venn Diagram

**Check out the PREVIEW for a thorough look into what this resource includes!**

Why You Need the All About Butterflies unit:

• This unit provides several activities and template choices making it easy to differentiate and meet the needs of your students.

Real facts are presented to your students in a fun, engaging way with photographs to keep them focused and excited to learn more.

• This resource helps you facilitate meaningful lessons and discussions about butterflies to enhance understanding of related vocabulary and facts.

Build oral reading fluency and comprehension skills with the included stories and ELA activities.

Easily display, teach and organize the facts and vocabulary for this unit with the easy-to-print anchor chart pieces.

• Use the included tools to facilitate a fun butterfly research project!

The best part? This resource saves you time as it comes with print-and-go activities and everything you’d need to teach your students about butterflies.


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Amanda K. says,” This was great to use a resource that was really about butterflies. They loved learning about the information in this packet.”

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Kristi S.. says, “This is an absolutely phenomenal resource for my "Growth and Changes in Animals" Science unit!!! Thank you so much for creating this =).”

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Courtney T. says, “My students loved this resource and were engaged throughout the activity!”


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The activities align to the Common Core standards for Reading Informational Texts and Writing and the Next Generation Science Standards.

Supports Common Core Standards (CCSS):

First grade-W.1.2, W.1.7, RI.1.1, RI.1.2, RI1.3, RI.1.4, RI.1.5, RI.1.6, RI.1.7, RI.1.9, RI.1.10

Second grade-W.2.2, W.2.7, RI.2.1, RI.2.2, RI2.3, RI.2.4, RI.2.5, RI.2.6, RI.2.7, RI.2.9, RI.2.10

Third grade-W.3.2, W.3.7, W.3.8, W.3.10, RI.3.1, RI.3.2, RI.3.3, RI.3.4, RI.3.5, RI.3.6, RI.3.7, RI.3.9, RI.3.10

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