I know many of you are on Spring break this week
and I hope you’re enjoying some time resting and relaxing!
Our spring life cycle study continues and over the
next few weeks we’ll be raising butterflies, learning about
the life cycle of frogs and writing poetry!
These little guys sure eat a lot and grow QUICKLY!
We used the little journal that came with our
caterpillars to record their daily change and growth.
While learning about pollination and the part that insects
play in the life cycle of plants I came across this fun activity
on one of my all-time very favorite blogs
Hope King’s Second Grade Shenanigans.
Hope has so many great ideas and this one is perfect
for illustrating how butterflies and other insects help
pollinate a plant and continue its life cycle.
Each student had a juice box, Cheetos, and a die cut flower.
The bright colors and smell attracts the butterfly to a flower
and students chose the flower color that most appealed to them!
As my little butterflies landed on their flowers they used their
proboscis to drink a little of the nectar in their (juice box) flower.
Their tiny little butterfly feet (their hands) picked up pollen
(by touching their Cheetos).
Next, our butterflies flew around the room and touched all
of the other flowers which transferred their pollen
to each bloom they “landed” on.
Visit this post to see more of our butterfly learning labs.
Last year we made this Butterfly Life Cycle On A String
writing craft for students to write what they have learned
about each stage of a butterfly’s life cycle.
This year we’ll be making the Frog Life Cycle version.
We used beads, chenille sticks and paper to show each stage
then students wrote about each life cycle stage on leaves.
We attached these in order onto a piece of yarn and tucked them
into the leaf pocket where the butterfly
lays its eggs and the life cycle begins again.
We tied in our poetry unit by writing haiku and
acrostic poems about butterflies.
I added a little challenge to this by telling students that while
they were writing poetry and creating a mental picture about
a butterfly they could not actually use the word ‘butterfly’.
Students used their journals to work out their poems before
writing their final drafts.
We used watercolors to illustrate our poems.
We also wrote acrostic poems and used this format to tell a story.
I reminded students that each sentence did not need to begin
with the given letter but rather to tell a story
using the letters to guide them.
For more butterfly life cycle activities, learning lab ideas,
and free printables visit this post.
Click here to see how we turned our hallway into a
life cycle garden for our spring open house!
Be sure to find the free Butterfly Kids writing craft templates
while you’re there!