Painted Lady Butterfly: Non-Fiction Text and Activities

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2nd - 3rd, Homeschool
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This non-fiction text is about the Painted Lady Butterfly. Students will read about painted lady butterfly eggs, painted lady caterpillars, and the butterfly itself. This is a good independent read for eight and nine-year-olds, and the perfect read-aloud for younger children. There is a poster of the Painted Lady with the parts labeled. Suggested video links are included, There are several follow-up worksheets. These are on different levels so you can choose what is appropriate for your individual class or students. These include life-cycle sheets.

If your class is lucky enough to have Painted Lady Larva to observe there is a sheet explaining the humane treatment of the butterfly.

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12 pages
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Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Develop models to describe that organisms have unique and diverse life cycles but all have in common birth, growth, reproduction, and death. Changes organisms go through during their life form a pattern. Assessment of plant life cycles is limited to those of flowering plants. Assessment does not include details of human reproduction.
Use evidence to construct an explanation for how the variations in characteristics among individuals of the same species may provide advantages in surviving, finding mates, and reproducing. Examples of cause and effect relationships could be plants that have larger thorns than other plants may be less likely to be eaten by predators; and, animals that have better camouflage coloration than other animals may be more likely to survive and therefore more likely to leave offspring.
Make observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats. Emphasis is on the diversity of living things in each of a variety of different habitats. Assessment does not include specific animal and plant names in specific habitats.
Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction. Examples of structures could include thorns, stems, roots, colored petals, heart, stomach, lung, brain, and skin. Assessment is limited to macroscopic structures within plant and animal systems.
By the end of the year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grades 2–3 text complexity band independently and proficiently.


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