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Teacher Notes - Life Cycle of a Butterfly


Waiman Carden
Little Lake School District 
Santa Fe Springs, California

Suggested Grade Level:K-3 

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  • Life Science Section 2a, 2b, 2c
  • Investigation and Experimentation 4a, 4b, 4c, 4b, 4e 

To get the students motivated, I will read Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar and If I Were a Butterfly as an introduction to the unit.  With the whole class, do a graphic organizer on butterflies to guide our learning. I will need to do several directed lessons with them on how to use the internet before getting started. This lesson is designed to be used during guided reading and center time with partners.


  • effective use of internet
  • computer literacy
  • interpreting data
  • making inferences
  • making predictions
  • reading
  • writing
  • math 
  • art


  • science journals
  • worksheet 
  • rubric
  • lab sheets

Enrichment Activities:

  • Writing:  Pretend you're a butterfly, tell me about your day using the writing process.
  • Math:  Record the amount of food your caterpillar is eating and make a bar graph to show your result. 
  • Art:  Choose a picture of a butterfly wing and reproduce the symmetrical images on construction paper.
  • Science:  Compare and contrast different kinds of butterflies by color and location.
  • Extended:  Use other internet resources to learn more about butterflies and other animals. 

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 August 10, 1999
Revised August 9, 2000