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Grade: Kindergarten

Topic: Butterflies

Content Area: Science

INDTUCTIONAL OBJECTIVE (Lesson Objective)


Students will demonstrate their newly learned knowledge of butterflies by creating a butterfly
life cycle model after the reading of The Very Hungry Caterpillar with 80% accuracy.

CCLS/+NYS STANDARDS AND INDICATIONS


Science Standard 4:
Students will understand and apply scientific concepts, principles, and theories pertaining to the
physical setting and living environment and recognize the historical development of ideas in
science.

Writing (CCS): Writing (W.K.2.)


Use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to compose informative/explanatory texts
in which they name what they are writing about and supply some information about the topic.

MOTIVATION (Engaging the Learners)


Students will listen to the reading of The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle and watch a
video of butterflies.

Materials:

The Very Hungry Caterpillar book


Real caterpillars

Pasta: cavatelli, small circles, large shells, and bow ties.


Paper plate
Markers
Glue
Butterfly lifecycle worksheet
Life Cycle coloring page
Video on butterflies

STRATAGIES (Learning Strategies)


Hands-on Small Group Exploration: This will be evident when the students work in small groups
to create their butterfly life cycle.

Direct Instruction: The teacher will review with the students the life cycle of a butterfly and their
characteristics.

ADAPTATIONS (Exceptionality)
Teacher will provide step-by-step instructions and a picture word bank. The word bank will be
based on students that speak a second language and students that need reminders.

DIFFERENTIATION OF INSTRUCTION
Tier 1: Students will receive the butterfly project materials and simplified step-by-step
instructions. The students will complete the handout with the class.
Tier 2: Students will receive the butterfly project materials and must complete while following
the directions. They will complete the handout with the class.

Tier 3: Students will receive the butterfly project materials and must complete while following
the directions. Following the completion of the handout students will work on life cycle booklet.

DEVELOPMENTAL PROCEDURES
1. The teacher will start the class by reading the book The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric
Carle.
2. After the book the teacher will show a short video on butterflies.
3. As a class they will review the characteristics of butterflies before starting the next
activity.
4. Students will be asked to work independently on a worksheet where they cut and past the
life cycle of a butterfly in order.
5. Once students have completed the handout, the teacher will create small groups for the
project.
6. Students will sit in their groups and work together to create the butterfly cycle on a paper
plate with different kinds of shaped pasta.

ASSESMENT (artifacts and assessment [formal & informal])


The teacher will hand out a worksheet before the craft that has the students label the stages of
the lifecycle. The teacher will go around the room and check each students understanding of the
life cycle.

INDEPENDENT PRACTICE
In Class: students will be asked to cut and paste the butterfly life cycle in order based on the
pictures and the new knowledge they learned.

Homework: Students will practice their handwriting by writing the word butterfly and decorating
their own butterfly.

FOLLOW-UP: DIRECT TEACHER INERVENTION AND ACADEMIC ENRICHMENT


Academic Enrichment: Students will work independently on a butterfly life cycle booklet.
Students are asked to put the pages in order and draw each stage based on the description and
knowledge.

Direct Teacher Intervention: The teacher will work in a small group helping the students put
together a life cycle wheel to better help their understanding of the butterfly.