Lesson Plan #: AELP-ENT000
Author: Shirley LeMoine, Garfield Re-2 School District Rifle, Colorado 81650 Date: 1994
Grade Level(s): 2, 3, 4, 5
- Language Arts
OVERVIEW: Children love to study butterflies and use their imagination. This lesson gives them the opportunity to do both.
PURPOSE: The purpose of this activity, used during a study of insects, is to provide a way to have all students use the basic objectives of creativity, to provide for the basic needs of gifted children and to also give your nonscientist a chance to shine, in an area that all kids enjoy.
- 1. Fluency:
- Butterflies are flying insects. Make a list of 8-50 other insects that fly.
- 2. Elaboration:
- Caterpillars have 6 legs. Design and draw 3 pairs of shoes, socks or gloves for them to wear. Make a model of at least one pair.
- 3. Flexibility:
- Butterfly eggs hatch on their own on plants. What are 5 things a soon-to-be hatched chrysalis should know?
- Make a tiny book about these facts for the butterfly to read as soon as it emerges.
- 4. Originality:
- Butterflies taste with their feet. Think of five ways your life would be different if you tasted with your feet. Write a poem, cinquain, haiku, etc. about the differences in your life.
- 5. Risk Taking:
- An adventurous moth decides to fly during the daytime. What 3 things does he fear most. Write a song about them.
- 6. Imagination:
- What does a butterfly dream about when it is in the chrysalis stage? Draw a picture of the chrysalis and its dream.
- 7. Complexity:
- In the year 2020 A.D. all of the butterflies were killed by a mysterious virus from outer space. How did this change the life of the humans in the United States. Write a newspaper headline and article about this event.
- 8. Curiosity:
- Adult monarch butterflies have never been to their winter home. Thing of at least 5 questions they would ask a travel guide and make a travel brochure to answer the questions.
TYING IT ALL TOGETHER:
- 1. Make a bulletin board to display work.
- 2. Display little books in library.
- 3. Send travel brochures to local travel agent and ask that they be displayed.
- 4. Send poems to local paper for publication.
- 5. Ask music teacher or a student to compose music for songs. Sing some at a school assembly.