Lesson Plan title Life Cycle of a butterfly
Developed by:   Tiffany Heuertz
Subject Areas:  Science, Math, Language Arts, Art, Music 
Topic: Life Cycles
Grade Level: First grade
Time Frame  5 days
Lesson Summary: Students will know the life cycle of a butterfly.

Students will be able to verbally explain the life cycle of a butterfly.

Students will act out plays about the life cycle of a butterfly.

Students will create sequencing cards of the life cycle of a butterfly.

Students will write their own story titled the  "The Very Hungry First Grader" .

Prerequisites: Students will know what the life cycle of a butterfly is after having listened to the story  The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.   I will use my caterpillar and butterfly puppet to show the students how the caterpillar changes into a butterfly. As a class we will discuss the stages the caterpillar goes through in the story.  I will have pictures to show the class of the stages of the life cycle.
Standards: First Grade Standard

Life Science:

4. Students will describe the life needs of animals, including people (example: food, air, water, place to live)

7. Students will trace and compare the life cycle of various organisms (example: frogs, grasshoppers, dogs)

Nature of Science:

2. Ask questions and explore the world around them.

7. Students will use scientific thinking skills (example: observing, communicating, classifying, comparing)

Visual Arts:

Standard One:

Students will understand and use visual arts as means for creative self-expression and interpersonal communication.

1. Understand that art tells stories, expresses moods, or conveys ideas.

2. Explore a variety of media to create artwork to reflect personal ideas, objects, or events.


Indicator: Use statistical models to gather, analyze, and display data to draw conclusions.

1.S.1.1 Students are able to display data in simple picture graphs with units of one and bar graphs with intervals of one.


Assessment: rubric and self assessment
Technology to be used: computers and Kid Pix software
Other Materials: Books:

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle    Where Butterflies Grow by Joanne Ryder

Life cycle of a butterfly by Lisa Trumbauer    Where Does The Butterfly Go When It Rains by May Garelick

Waiting for wings by Lois Ehlert

songs- How a butterfly grows,  The Very Hungry Caterpillar song,

Procedural Activities: The class will go to centers in the classroom that have activities dealing with the life cycle. At the science center the students can observe a caterpillar and write down their observations (naturalist).  At the art center the students can use index cards to make sequencing cards to show the stages of the butterfly (visual-spatial).   At the math center the students can graph the fruit that the caterpillar ate each day according to size, shape, and color (logical-mathematical and visual-spatial).  At the writing center the students can write their own story version of The Very Hungry Caterpillar,  titled " The Very Hungry First Grader". At the computer center the students can draw pictures to go along with their story using Kid Pix (visual-spatial).  The students will share their stories to the class (Verbal-linguistic).  At the reading center the students will individually or with a partner read stories about the caterpillars and butterflies (Interpersonal or Intrapersonal). At the music center the students will listen to songs about caterpillars and butterflies (musical).  The students will learn a song about a butterfly and in groups of four will act out the songs (bodily-kinesthetic).
Attachments: oral presentation rubric       self assessment