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The Life Cycle of the Butterfly

 Introduction | Content Areas | Standards | Implementation | Entry Skills | Evaluation | Conclusions | Resources


The following is a list of resources needed to implement this lesson:

                Earth's Birthday Project
                PO Box 1536
                Santa Fe, NM 87504-1536
                E-mail:           The Butterfly Website- the central website for this lesson.

          The Butterfly Website- articles that offer extensive resources.

          The Butterfly Website- shows beautiful photos of butterfly emerging from the chrysalis.

          The Butterfly Website- beginner anatomy and metamorphosis.

          The Butterfly Website- information about pen pals via E-mail.


          Stripey the Caterpillar, by Kate George, Berry Blue Books, USA, 1996. A  cute little story with pop-up pages and a fuzzy, velcro caterpillar to attach to various pages during reading. Ages 3-6.

           From Caterpillar to Butterfly, by Deborah Heiligman, Scholastic Inc., 555 Broadway, New York, NY, 10012,  1996. A day-to-day description of  observing the miracle of metamorphosis. Ages 5-7.

           Charlie the Caterpillar, by Dom De Luise, Simon & Schuster,NC., Rockefeller Center, 1230 Avenue of the Americas, 10020. A delightful tale of a caterpillar's journey through the world before he makes his chrysalis, and what happens after he emerges as a butterfly.

            The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle, Philomel Books, 200 Madison Avenue, New York, NY, 1987. The ever popular story of a caterpillar's voracious appetite during this stage of the life cycle.

Videos:  Available from Earth's Birthday Project, 1-800-698-4438, or @  this video titled Special Butterfly Instruction Video, includes instructions for raising caterpillars in the classroom and 15 minutes of  facts about butterflies. $15.95

The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Stories, by Eric Carle. This is a Walt Disney Home Video, ISBN 0-788-0167-8, copyright  by The Illuminated Film Company Ltd./Scholastic Productions, Inc. This video is a collection of Eric Carle's most popular stories and runs 30 min.

Please note that the videos are optional and not an integral part of this lesson.

Human Resources

The classroom teacher will be the main facilitator of this lesson. Very young children and those students, who are non-readers, will need guidance to complete many of the activities. It would be helpful to elicit assistance from other personnel, such as teacher aides or parents. This will be particularly important for the computer activities.

 Introduction | Content Areas | Standards | Implementation | Entry Skills | Evaluation | Conclusions | Resources