The perfect lesson after last week’s on the life cycle of the frog (found here) was to learn about the life cycle of the butterfly. I first have to apologize for the quality of the pictures. I left my camera on vacation and was forced to use my flip phone-YES they are still around. I started by letting the children leaf through about ten different books on caterpillars, butterflies, and their life cycle. This has become such an important part of our class. The kids are exposed to informational text, new vocabulary, and photographs of the subject that we are discussing. I held up a picture of the life cycle and went through the different stages. We talked about the word metamorphosis, as we had, when discussing the frog life cycle. As we went through the cycle, the kids quickly went through their books and looked for pictures of what we were discussing.
After thoroughly talking about the life cycle, we moved on to our project to help the kids remember our discussion. I had a bag of lentils and leaves for the egg section, small tube pastas for the caterpillar box (and markers to decorate them), a stick and shell pasta, and finally a bow tie pasta for the butterfly. I also had small cups of glue and paintbrushes for each child.
I created the above flow chart for the children to glue their life cycle to and take them home. It is a word document that you are free to download and use.
The children started with the eggs and moved through the cycle. They made sure to try to make each box look like what they saw in their books.
Here is an example of a finished product. Several children wanted two of each stage after the egg stage.
We learned a lot about the butterfly life cycle during this class. This was a really fun, educational activity. In other words, it was perfect!