Life Cycle of a Butterfly
EARL 4.2: Demonstrates and analyzes the connections between the arts and other content areas EARL 4 LSI: Life Science. Big Idea: Structure and Functions of Living Organisms (LSI). Core Content: Plant and Animal Parts Motivations:
I will first ask the class how many of them have ever seen a butterfly before, and ask one of the students to describe to me what the butterfly looked like. I will then ask if anyone knows where butterflies come from, but will make sure to tell them just to raise their hand rather than shout out their answer. I will then tell them to close their eyes and imagine the story I am about to tell them about how butterflies come to be: “Once upon a time, there was an itty bitty egg lying on a leaf of a plant. What do you guys think the egg is going to hatch?! (They may say a butterfly, so I will continue my story). When the egg hatches, out comes a caterpillar! This is the second stage of a butterfly’s life cycle, and all they do is eat. When the caterpillar is done growing, they form themselves into a pupa, also known as a chrysalis or cocoon (Ask the class what they think the caterpillar is doing inside the chrysalis). Inside the chrysalis, the old body parts of the caterpillar are undergoing a remarkable transformation, called ‘metamorphosis. This is the third stage! When the caterpillar is done changing, out comes a butterfly! The butterfly has wings, unlike the caterpillar, and they can fly. Materials Needed:
Each student will need four pieces of construction paper which will be used to draw each of the four stages. Markers, crayons, and colored pencils will be available to the students to use to create their drawing. Resources:
Basil, Donna. Personal Interview. 2 20 2013.
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