Introduction:
 

You were picked by the local zoo to set up the brand new butterfly display. In order to make sure that all your butterflies have a long happy life you will need to learn about each stage of the butterfly's life cycle.
 

The Task:
 

After listening to stories and doing activities about butterflies you and a partner will learn more about the butterfly life cycle. You will visit some web sites to see the life cycle stages to learn more about this changing insect.


Your Job will be to color each stage of the life cycle, and to write down one fact in a complete sentence.

 

The Process:
 

1. The teacher will place you and one another classmate together at one computer.
2. The teacher will hand out a copy of each stage and have the children look up information on each stage.
3. You will then go onto the website and review the information on the websites.
4. You will then write in a complete sentence one fact about that stage of the life cycle.
5. You will then color the picture in with the correct colors.

 

Task 1

1. Look at the screens in front of you while the teacher plays the following short video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AyjzI-LxoL4. In one complete sentence answer the following question: When does a butterflies life cycle start over again?


Task 2

1. Using the following website http://www.dcboces.org/sufsd/nassau/vitek/butterfly/stageone.html, what would you call the first stage of the life cycle? Now you and your partner need to write down one fact that you learned. Make sure you use complete sentences!

2. Using the following website http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/butterfly/lifecycle/Larva.shtml and the sheet of paper that has just been handed to you and your partner should write down one thing that you have learned about the second stage including what the second stage is called. Make sure you use complete sentences!

3. Using the following website http://www.magicoflife.org/Life_Cycles.pdfyou and your partner will write one fact you learned on the sheet of paper in front of you about the third stage, make sure to write down the name of the third stage. Make sure you use complete sentences!


4. Using the following website http://www.thebutterflysite.com/life-cycle.shtml list one thing you read and learned on your paper for the fourth stage of the butterfly's life cycle and the name of the stage. Make sure you use complete sentences!



Task 3

1. You are being handed out four pieces of paper. Each piece of paper is a different stage of the butterfly life cycle. Using the information that you have gathered from your websites you should label each stage and then color them.

2. If you need help labeling them correctly you may refer to http://www.teachers.ash.org.au/jmresources/butlifecycle/lifecycl.html

2. After all the pictures are colored raise your hand and the teacher will come over and give you a large piece of paper. You should lay your colored pictures out in the correct order and then after the teacher will check to make sure it is correct. He/She will give you some glue and you should glue your pictures to the page in the proper order.


Task 4

1. You will be given 2 paper plates, a brown oval from construction paper, and crayons. You should color the plates with any colors that you want. You will then glue the plates to the oval that you have been handed. Be creative, but show me that you understand that you've learned the information.

2. After you have made your own butterfly you should write a few lines about your butterfly. Answer the following : Where does your butterfly live? How did it become a butterfly? What colors is your butterfly, and why? How old is your butterfly? What is your butterfly's name?


REMEMBER: Do not forget to put your names on each piece of paper, and your butterfly, or I will not know what belongs to who. This is a graded assignment, please take your time and have fun!
 

Evaluation:
 

 BeginningDevelopingAccomplishedExemplary
     
labelsCorrectly labeled all four stages of the butterfly life cycleLabeled three out of the four stages of the butterfly life cycle correctly.Labeled two out of four stages of the butterfly life cycle correctly.Labeled one or no stages of the butterfly life cycle correctly.
grammarEverything is in full complete sentences with no grammatical errors.Most answers are in full complete sentences with few grammatical errors.Some answers are in full complete sentences with some grammatical errors.Almost no answers in full complete sentences with many grammatical errors.
knowledge gainedStudent can put the butterfly life cycle in the correct order and knows one fact about each stage.Student can put the butterfly life cycle in the order mixing up only two of the stages student knows one fact about each stage.Student only knows where one stage of the butterfly life cycle is and knows limited facts on the stage.Student has no idea the order of the butterfly life cycle and the student does not know any facts about any of the stages.
group workThere were no problems within the groups and each student did a the same amount of work.There were minimal problems within the groups but each student did equal workThere were some problems in the group and one student did a little more work than the other person.There were many problems in the group, and one student did little to no work while the other person did everything.
     

 

Conclusion:
 

By now you and your partner should be able to explain to the local zoo about the life cycles of butterflies. You will be able to help them set up the butterfly display. First you will explain to them the life cycle of the butterfly, and then you will show them the life cycle poster you made. The butterfly you created along with the story will prove that you truly understand the stages of the butterfly. Congratulations your butterfly exhibit will be beautiful!
 

Credits & References:
 

http://www.dcboces.org/sufsd/nassau/vitek/butterfly/stageone.html
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AyjzI-LxoL4
http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/butterfly/lifecycle/Larva.shtml
http://www.magicoflife.org/Life_Cycles.pdf
http://www.thebutterflysite.com/life-cycle.shtml
http://www.teachers.ash.org.au/jmresources/butlifecycle/lifecycl.html

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