We create the butterfly life cycle out of pasta!
This time lapsed video of a monarch butterfly is a great summary of the butterfly life cycle. We raise caterpillars and this year utilized a wikispaces page to journal our observations.
This sheet can also be used by students to note facts they find when reading about butterflies.
This simple sheet helps students compare tree parts to plant parts.
Here is a file to take notes on the differences between deciduous and coniferous trees. This website can help explain the differences in trees: http://www.realtrees4kids.org/threefive/conifers.htm.
This sheet helps students write facts they learn while reading paragraphs about butterflies.
We create a Life Cycle Review Book to summarize learning (butterfly life cycle, chicken life cycle, plant parts, butterfly life cycle, tree parts).
As part of our Life Cycle unit, I include a lesson on oviparous and non-oviparous animals centered around Ruth Heller's book "Chickens Aren't the Only Ones." There is a SMART Board notebook file and a word document (students need to identify an oviparous and non-oviparous animal and then look up their definitions in a dictionary).