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  1. Butterflies Literature Focus Unit EDU 315 Kirsten Welk

  2. Literature Selection • The Big Butterfly Book by Susanne Santoro Whayne • Becoming Butterflies by Anne Rockwell • Butterfly Count by Sneed B. Collard III • Butterflies (Animal World) by Donna Bailey • Butterflies (First Discovery Book) by GallimardJeunesse • Butterflies: Monarchs, Moths, &More – Up Close and Unexpected by Joni Phelps Hunt • Butterflies for Kids (Wildlife for Kids Series) by E. JaedikerNorsgaard • Butterfly House by Eve Bunting • Butterfly Hunt by Yoshi • Caterpillar Caterpillarby Vivian French • Charlie the Caterpillar by Dom Deluise • Caterpillar to Butterfly by Oliver Owen • The Magic School Bus: Butterfly and Dog Beast: A Book About Butterfly Camouflage by Nancy E. Krulik • Monarch Butterflies: Mysterious Travelers by Bianca Lavies • The Butterfly: A Circular Pop-Up Book by David Hawcook • The Little Butterfly by Sherry Shanan • The Swallowtail Butterfly by HidekazuKubu • The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle • Flutterfly Butterflies by Sonja Lamut

  3. Theme Study • Students will take part in a thematic unit on butterflies. This unit will integrate reading and writing with social studies, science, mathematics, art, music, and physical education. • Students will develop a better understanding about different types of butterflies, their life cycle, their environment and also terms that go along with butterflies.

  4. Language Arts: Reading Activities • Students will read various fiction and non-fiction books about butterflies using a variety of reading styles. • Students will read instructions on how to properly care for their caterpillars/butterflies. • Students will read butterfly poetry. • Students will share their descriptions of butterflies. • Students will share their butterfly stories. • Teacher reads aloud the book The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. • Teacher reads aloud the book Butterfly House by Eve Bunting. • Students will read the butterfly terms from the word wall.

  5. Language Arts: Writing Activities • Students will write a short story about a butterfly. • Students will write about how a caterpillar becomes a butterfly. • Students will add butterfly terms to the word wall. • Students will describe many different butterflies and choose their favorite. • Students will journal daily about the caterpillar/butterfly in the classroom.

  6. Language Arts: Speaking Activities • Students will participate in a game of “I Spy” using the butterfly terms on the word wall. • Students will participate in small group discussions about their favorite type of butterfly. • Students will use the author chair to read their butterfly story aloud. • Students will participate in a class discussion on the book The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. • Students will talk about the life stages of a butterfly. • Students will act out the story The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.

  7. Language Arts: Listening Activities • Students will listen respectfully as classmates share their butterfly descriptions and stories. • Students will listen as the teacher reads the books aloud. • Students will listen as the teacher discusses the different types of butterflies and the life cycles of butterflies. • Students will listen to their peers opinions and ideas during class discussions.

  8. Language Arts: Viewing Activities • Students will view different types of butterflies. • Students will view the life cycle process of a butterfly. • Students will view photographs of butterflies. • Students will view the butterfly art. • Students will view the butterfly word wall. • Students will view pictures of the different life cycle stages of a butterfly. • Students will watch a National Geographic Video on Monarch Butterflies. • Students will view the following websites: and

  9. Language Arts: Visually Representing Activities • Students will draw pictures of butterflies. • Students will take pictures of the classroom caterpillar and butterfly to show the changes. • Students will create a butterfly word wall. • Students will divide the paper into four different sections and use pasta to show the life cycle of a butterfly. (Rice=eggs, Bite-size lasagna=Caterpillar, shells=chrysalis, bow-tie= butterfly) • Students will draw pictures of a caterpillar’s life cycle from beginning to end.

  10. Science Activities • Students will investigate the different parts of a butterfly. • Students will observe a butterflies life cycle in class with the class caterpillar. • Students will learn about the environment and eating pattern of a butterfly as they care for the one in the classroom. • Students will investigate why butterflies are important to the environment.

  11. Mathematics Activities • Students will measure the length of caterpillars and compare sizes. • Students will sort fake butterflies by size and color. • Students will measure the temperature of the environment that the caterpillars are living in. • Students will chart the growth of the caterpillar each day and figure out how much the caterpillar grew each day. • Students will take a survey on favorite butterflies and will graph the results. • Students will find the line of symmetry on butterflies.

  12. Social Studies Activities • Students will map out where different types of butterflies live on a map. They will identify where most of the butterflies live. • Students will learn about the migration of the Monarch Butterfly. • A worker from the zoo will come in to talk about butterflies. • Fieldtrip to the zoo.

  13. Music and Art Activities • Students will create a coffee filter butterfly. • Students will create butterfly wings. • Students will listen to butterfly songs. • Students will create a butterfly using their feet. • Students will decorate the lifecycle project they created. • Students will make flying butterflies. • Students will make edible caterpillars.

  14. Physical Education Activities • Students participate in a scavenger hunt looking for different items that pertain to butterflies. • Students act as caterpillars, wrap them with toilet paper (represents chrysalis) then have them spread their wings and “break free”. • Students practice different butterfly/caterpillar movements. • Students will perform a relay performing certain “butterfly” skills such as moving like a caterpillar or butterfly. • Students will go on a nature walk to look for different butterflies or caterpillars.

  15. Technology • • • • National Geographic Video on Monarch Butterflies • Eyewitness Butterfly and Moth Video • The Very Hungry Caterpillar Video • The Magic School Bus Video Bugs, Bugs, Bugs! • Digital Photography

  16. Language Arts Strategies • Activating Background Knowledge: Students will think about what they already know about butterflies. • Brainstorming: Students will think of many ideas related to butterflies through different writing activities. • Connecting: Students will connect butterflies to themselves, the world around them, and literature by writing. • Monitoring: Students keep track of their understanding or success through many different activities. • Predicting: Students anticipate events in stories we read. • Questioning: Students ask questions about butterflies to clarify or expand meaning. • Summarizing: Students pick out the big ideas about butterflies to remember.

  17. Language Arts Skills • Print: Students will recognize words on the word wall. • Comprehension: Students will compare and contrast different butterflies. • Language: Students will use proper sentence structure in their writing assignments. • Reference: Students will graph data collected on butterflies. • Study: Students will follow simple directions pertaining to different projects.

  18. Grouping Patterns • Large Group: large group conversations, reading books, butterfly games, word wall, class survey, mapping where butterflies live, scavenger hunt, relay race, nature walk • Small Group: small group discussions, taking pictures, measuring caterpillars, measuring temperature, caterpillar movement activity, graphing data • Individual: reading stories, writing stories and descriptions, journaling, drawing butterflies, creating the life cycle of a butterfly, art projects

  19. Assessments • Portfolio of work: artwork, graphs, science experiments and different writing assignments • Participation in group conversations • Checklist of the butterfly unit • Informal observation of small group discussions • Journal Entries and KWL Chart: Rubric • Analytic Writing Traits Rubric for stories • Checklist for Science Journals