Teaching about butterflies in the classroom is such a fun experience for the students. Hands-on learning is the best! We learn all about their life cycle and even get to watch them go through their cycle and in the end, release the butterflies!
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To start us off, I’ve gathered all of my favorite butterfly books here. There are some great books about the life cycle, monarch butterflies, and some great life lessons in these books. You can see all of the books here.
In class, we make an anchor chart with all of the things we know about butterflies. The students work on all kinds of engaging pages from my Butterfly Activities No Prep Pack.
We get our caterpillars, observe them and write in our journal as they get larger and then make their chrysalis.
Our beautiful butterflies emerge and the students are just so excited. We continue to observe them in our journal for a couple more days and then we release them.
This kit is a great one to use if you’re interested in having the butterflies in your classroom.
I love using songs in the classroom. They are so helpful in helping the students remember the life cycle stages and facts about butterflies. These are some of our favorite songs about caterpillars and butterflies.
A fun song about the life cycle of a butterfly by Harry Kindergarten.
A cute song about a hungry caterpillar becoming a butterfly by The Learning Station.
Life Cycle Of A Butterfly teaches children the 4 stages in the life cycle of a butterfly. The fun, catchy melody will really help your children learn and remember the stages in the metamorphosis process. Life Cycle of a Butterfly simply explains the important details of each stage so children can easily follow along and understand. The visual images of each stage of the butterfly’s metamorphosis are vividly real. The life cycle of a Butterfly actually shows a time-lapse video of the caterpillar developing in the chrysalis and then emerging as a butterfly. This video is by Jack Hartmann.
The Butterfly Song is a science song that teaches the four stages of a butterfly. The butterfly song teaches kids about the life cycle of a butterfly, butterfly body parts, a butterfly’s diet, the predators of a butterfly, the life span of a butterfly, types of butterflies, and more. This video is by Have Fun Teaching.
We make butterfly life cycle hats to review what we’ve learned. We love singing all to our butterfly life cycle songs during our time making these.
We even incorporate our Literacy Snack into our butterfly unit. We make a very hungry caterpillar snack. You can get all the detail about that here along with a free printable!
And we have another fun butterfly read-aloud and a butterfly snack to go along with the book. You can get the details on the snack and grab the FREE printable to go along with this book here.
To end our unit, make a butterfly craft and write about how the students felt when they released the butterflies.
We even have been lucky enough to be able to visit the Butterfly Wonderland. It’s such a fun and exciting place that the students get a real feeling for these beautiful creatures!
Do you have any fun things you like to do when you are teaching about butterflies?