Life Cycle of a Butterfly

We are having a blast learning about the life cycle of a butterfly.  The main reason I waited to teach about the life cycle of a butterfly is because for our Kindergarten Graduation, we are going to do a reading of Eric Carle’s, Very Hungry Caterpillar.  I started our butterfly unit by teaching all of the phases of the butterfly’s life cycle.  We read books, made butterfly crafts, and watched little video’s on the life cycle.  We made an Eric Carle bulletin board to have up for Graduation.

Here is our finished product of the life cycle of the butterfly bulletin board:
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The first day, I read my kinders Eric Carle’s, The Very Hungry Caterpillar.  This book is great because it goes over all of the stages of the butterfly life cycle.
We also watched the video clip of The Very Hungry Caterpillar on Youtube.

I was also able to use the Butterfly Sequencing Kit from Lakeshore.
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After I did an overview of all of the stages, I went into detail teaching one stage a day.  The first day we talked about the egg on a leaf.  We made a little egg by cutting out a leaf in green construction paper, and then adding dots of glue with sliver glitter to make it look like little eggs on a leaf.
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Next we made our caterpillars.  The students could color it however they wanted to!
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My favorite part was when we made cocoons by adding ripped paper bag pieces to construction paper,  to add texture.
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Here, you can see the last stage: the butterfly! 

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After we leaned about each butterfly stage, I assessed their knowledge, by having them place the stages in order.
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Another helpful tool, was using my Life Cycle of the Butterfly Unit.  You can check it out in my TpT Store!
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10 responses to “Life Cycle of a Butterfly”

  1. Jessica Ann Stanford Avatar
    Jessica Ann Stanford

    Love that kit!


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  2. Cupcake Avatar

    I love that book!! Cute activities!
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  3. Lisa R. Avatar
    Lisa R.

    Those cocoons are my favorite too! Everything looks great!

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  4. Jen R Avatar
    Jen R

    omgosh! Love it!! Love the Chrysalis!!
    pinning now 🙂

    ♥ Jen
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  5. Learning with Mrs. Parker Avatar
    Learning with Mrs. Parker

    I love the details in the display. It looks beautiful!

  6. Lohren Nolan Avatar
    Lohren Nolan

    Love the cocoons! So cute!

    Totally Terrific Teaching Tools

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  7. Busy Bees Avatar
    Busy Bees

    Cute activities…we just finished our unit up!!

  8. Sandi  Avatar

    love the Very Hungry Caterpillar youtube clip – it's beautiful.

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  9. Anonymous Avatar

    I am currently in my first year teaching and I am teaching kindergarten! Our next Science big idea is Life Cycles and I am going to teach them about the life cycle of a butterfly! I LOVE the way you taught it! I was wondering where did you get your caterpillar, cocoon coloring sheets!?

  10. Unknown Avatar

    Where did you get the fat caterpillar coloring page?