This is a
page that is designed to teach children about the wonderful world
of butterflies in a fun and entertaining way, with lots of
exciting lesson plans, craft ideas and software programs. On this
page students will be able to learn the difference between a moth and a
butterfly, discover the lifecycles of butterflies, and create a
butterfly optical illusion.
PLO: Student will be able to identify a monarch butterfly, tell and
show characteristics of butterfly.
1. Description of Activity:
Create a butterfly artwork that fools the eye. A monarch
butterfly changes several times during its life cycle. This
activity is an optical illusion construction of the two of them.
Students will be able to tell why the butterfly is symmetrical.
4. Teacher will pass out butterfly and caterpillar worksheet.
Student will color the butterflies. Students will cut through the
pattern of the butterfly and arrange the cut strips on the paper.
Next the student will glue the cut strips and glue to the construction
paper. Once the strips are glued on the paper the students will fold
the paper over the strips. When they are finished unfold
and see that the butterfly is symmetrical. I will ask if anyone
knows what the word Symmetrical means. I will explain that it
means balanced proportions. I will ask students what do they
notice about the wings on the butterfly that they colored. I will
explain that the wings look alike because they are symmetrical.
Next I will ask why do the students think that the butterflies wings
are symmetrical. Once they answer I will explain that the
butterfly has symmetrical wings which means both sides are
exactly equal for camoflauge.
5. Product: Students will show their butterfly to the class
and tell why their wings are symmetrical and how they will be
The Monarch Butterfly
1. The Monarch
Butterfly: Students will visit and read The Monarch
Butterfly website. Once
they have read all the information about the monarch butterfly on the
webpage, students will create a butterfly lifecylce mobil.
2. PLO: Student will be able to show the cycles of a butterflies life.
Student will be
able to tell about the migration patterns of the monarch
1. The Monarch
2. Many colors of construction paper
3. Crayons, markers
8. paper plate
life cycle mobil website
4. Procedures: Students will be asked to visit The Monarch
Butterfly website and read it thoroughly. Once they have read the
webpage we will have a group discussion about what students read on the
webpage. I will ask the students how many cycles does a butterfly
go through during its lifetime (4). Next I will ask the students
to name each life cycle (egg, larvae, pupae, adult). I will ask
which cycle does the butterfly begin in and which cycle does it end
in. Once the students have a thorough understanding of the cycles
of the butterfly. We will discuss the migration patterns of the
butterfly. I will ask why the butterflies migrate. Next I
will ask where the butterflies migrate to according to what was read on
the webpage. I will ask what season the butterflies leave during
and what season the butterflies return during. I will explain to
the students that they are going to make a butterfly lifecycle
mobil. Students will draw a spiral on the paper plate and cut
along the spiral, next they will decorate the plate with crayons and
markers. On a sheet of green construction paper students will
draw a cut out a leaf with tiny circles drawn on it for butterfly eggs.
Next students will draw and cut out a caterpillar, and a pupa and
decorate both with crayons and markers. Next students will fold a
piece of paper in half and draw butterfly wings, will also decorate and
cut out. Using dark paper they will make a body for the butterfly
and attach to the wings. Finally I will staple or tape the stages in
the butterfly's life cycle to string and then to the paper plate.
Attach another short length
of string to the plate; it will be used to hang the mobile up.
Student will show the life cycle of the monarch butterfly on their
sheet of construction paper. Student will tell the migration
pattern of the butterfly.
Butterfly or moth?
or Moth? : Students will visit the webpage entitled Butterfly
they will read the chart that
list the difference between a butterfly and a
moth. Once students have
read the chart on butterflies and moths they will be
given a worksheet of a butterfly and asked to label each of the parts
with the help of the website. 2.
PLO: Students will be able to tell the difference between a butterfly
and a moth. 3. Materials
Butterfly or Moth? website
2. Butterfly printout
4.Paper 4. Procedures
: Students will read the chart on the website entitled Butterfly
or Moth to get a thorough understanding of a
butterfly and a moth. I will ask
students some questions from the chart such as
"Which has brighter colors, a butterfly or a moth?"
and "when are moths active?", and "when are butterflies
active?". Once I feel that students have a
good understanding of a butterfly and a
moth. I will hand out a worksheet with a butterfly on it and all
the parts with their definitions
and have students label all the parts. Next we will
look at a labeled picture of a moth and discuss the
difference. 5. Product:
The students will be able to label the parts of their butterfly and see
a picture of a labeled moth and tell the difference after seeing the
comparison and reading the chart.
software program: Microsoft Word 2003 Published by :
Microsoft word is a great software program to have in the classroom, it
is a program that allows students early practice with
typing and using a computer.
This software program can be used for 4th through 5th grade students to
type a short research paper on the monarch butterfly. Problems: A
problem that may occur with this software is that
younger students may take a while to type their paper. Also the
software must be compatiable with your computer. It is rather
Software 2 Microsoft Paint Title of Software program:
Microsoft Paint Published by: Microsoft
Microsoft paint is a great program for children to get practice on the
computer and use their imagination. This program could be used in
aiding students to draw and create their own monarch butterfly on the
computer. Problems: The students
may be inexperienced with a computer, or with
fine motor skills, making it difficult to use the mouse.
Software 3 Bugs Title of software:
Science Sidewalk Series Bugs Published by: Tom
Bugs is a great science software program to include in your
classroom. This particular program gives children a great
understanding of insects, including butterflies. They will learn
all about insect behavior and be able to observe insects. This
product could be used in aiding students in finding information about
butterflies in general or all bugs. Problem: A
problem that this program may produce would be actual
time for students to be able to use the program.
Software 4 Butterflies Title of Software:
National Geographic Nature/Science Series: Butterflies Published By: Discis
Butterflies is a uniwue software program, that helps children learn
from pictures and reading. The reading is made easier by
highlighted wording and read alouds. Also listeners can click for
a slower pronunciation of what is being read. This program would
be very benenficial in helping children learn about butterflies, while
reading and listening to readers. Problems: Only works
with windows 98 will not work with any newer windows program, therefore
to use in the classroom you must have at least one computer with a
windows 98 program or older.
5 Animals Title of Program:
Introductory Science Elementary Science: Animals Published by: Zane
Animals is a prgram designed to help children learn about the kindoms
of all animals, from underwater worlds to amphibians and insect
groups. Find out how animals get their food and raise their
young. This program could be very beneficial in helping students
find information about butterflies, insects or all sorts of animals.
Problems: Must have windows 386/33. Could be very broad when
trying to find information on a specific animal.
Students will identify factors that affect the survival or extinction
such as adaptation, variation of behaviors (hibernation), and external