Ch 7: Butterfly Lesson Plans & Activities

About This Chapter

Help your students learn more about butterflies with these handy lesson plan outlines, accompanying lessons and fun activities. Use them to design classroom or homework assignments, test prep materials or to help with remedial work.

Butterfly Lesson Plans & Activities - Chapter Summary

The lesson plan outlines and related materials in this chapter on butterflies can help you design a wide range of teaching tools to engage and hold your students' interest. You'll find lessons, activities and games on caterpillars, monarch butterflies, butterfly life cycles and more that you can readily incorporate into your life science instruction. These resources can help you design:

  • Class lessons on butterflies, their life cycles and anatomy
  • Classwork on the migration of monarch butterflies, facts and their life cycle
  • Lessons on caterpillars for kids with fun activities and games
  • Homework or classroom assignments on monarch butterflies and the parts of a butterfly

How It Helps

  • Includes games and activities: Provides ideas for games and activities on butterflies that you can use to engage your students' interest.
  • Meets curriculum standards: Allows you to be sure that your lessons on butterflies meet established educational requirements.
  • Provides classwork/homework suggestions: Includes ideas for assignments on butterflies that your students can complete during class or at home.

How It Works

This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan resources with relevant tools to make planning butterfly lessons easy.

  • Use lesson plan outlines for specific butterfly topics you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your butterfly class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
  • Share the related butterfly lessons for each lesson plan with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
  • Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important butterfly concepts from the lessons.
  • Engage your students with relevant butterfly-related discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.

12 Lessons in Chapter 7: Butterfly Lesson Plans & Activities
Butterfly Lesson Plan for Elementary School

1. Butterfly Lesson Plan for Elementary School

What are the stages of the life cycle of a butterfly? This lesson plan uses a fact-filled text lesson to outline critical facts for students. An activity creates a visual of the butterfly life cycle.

Monarch Butterfly Migration Lesson Plan

2. Monarch Butterfly Migration Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to teach your students about the monarch butterfly. A text lesson explains the insect's migration and life cycle, then shares fun facts. Hands-on learning, canalization of content, and a quiz make learning stick.

Monarch Butterfly: Migration, Life Cycle & Facts

3. Monarch Butterfly: Migration, Life Cycle & Facts

The monarch butterfly has a fascinating life cycle and migration pattern that is repeated every single year. Read this lesson to learn how an egg eventually becomes a butterfly and how incredible this species is!

Monarch Butterfly Migration Activities

4. Monarch Butterfly Migration Activities

The mighty monarch butterfly is well known for its annual migration toward Mexico each winter. Teaching students both about this exciting process as well as the full life cycle of a butterfly can be a fun and interesting unit of study.

Caterpillar Life Cycle Lesson Plan

5. Caterpillar Life Cycle Lesson Plan

This lesson plan is designed to support teachers as they present lessons about the life cycle of a butterfly to their students. Elementary students will be taught about the insect's stages of life and how it interacts with its environment at each stage.

Caterpillar Lesson Plan for Elementary School

6. Caterpillar Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Teach your students about caterpillars with this lesson plan. An engaging video lesson explains facts about caterpillars, such as life-cycle and eating habits, as students interactive in creative ways.

Facts About Caterpillars: Lesson for Kids

7. Facts About Caterpillars: Lesson for Kids

You may have seen caterpillars in your yard. A caterpillar is the very beginning of a moth or a butterfly's life cycle. Caterpillars are very hungry creatures and eat lots of food. Keep reading to find out more about caterpillars, including how they eat and how they turn into a moth or a butterfly.

Caterpillar Activities & Games

8. Caterpillar Activities & Games

Learning about caterpillars gives students the opportunity to explore other academic areas while learning about science. This series of hands-on games and activities can be geared towards any grade level.

Monarch Butterfly Lesson Plan

9. Monarch Butterfly Lesson Plan

With this lesson plan, your students are going to learn about monarch butterfly life cycles. They will debate the evolutionary advantages of these cycles and illustrate them.

Parts of  Butterfly Lesson Plan for Elementary School

10. Parts of Butterfly Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Butterflies are among the most beautiful and fascinating insects. This lesson plan includes a text lesson to list and explain the different parts of a butterfly as well as a hands-on activity to give students the chance to demonstrate what they've learned.

Butterfly Garden Lesson Plan

11. Butterfly Garden Lesson Plan

Butterfly gardens can be specially designed to attract, feed, and shelter butterflies. This lesson plan provides a brief background on the butterfly garden and explains the necessary steps for constructing one. An activity brings concept butterfly gardens to life!

Life Cycle of a Butterfly Lesson Plan

12. Life Cycle of a Butterfly Lesson Plan

Add some excitement to your instruction on the life cycle of the butterfly with the help of a text lesson and engaging in-class activity. Suggestions for supplementary activities and related lessons are also included.

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