|Life Science||Animals 0E2.00||Process of Science||Communicating 1.6 a|
CONTENT STANDARD: Life Science
CONTENT TOPIC: Animals
CONCEPT: Animals reproduce by having young.
CONTENT OBJECTIVE: 0E2.00 To understand that some animals change as they grow
INSTRUCTIONAL OBJECTIVES: The learner will:
TN COMPONENT OF SCIENCE: Process of Science
BENCHMARK: Results are presented in a clear and concise manner to ensure credibility.
(Before the lesson, use a magic marker to divide the paper plates into four sections (see "Paper Plate Life Cycle Of A Butterfly" sheet at the end of this lesson) Also, have the children make their butterflies before the lesson in the art center. To make butterflies, completely wet a coffee filter with a spray bottle of water. Then drop food coloring (the little squeeze bottles of food coloring work great) onto the filter. The colors will run and blend beautifully. Pat on paper towel to dry. When dry, fold a pipe cleaner in half. Drop the coffee filter down into the folded pipe cleaner-gathering it to make it fit. Twist pipe cleaner closed leaving extra at the top to form antennae.
The egg will hatch. What comes out of this butterfly egg? Right, a caterpillar. A squiggly, wiggly caterpillar that looks nothing like its beautiful mommy. (Display picture) And its going to be very hungry. ItŐs going to eat its leaf bed and creep along looking for more food.
(Pass out green pipe cleaners.) We re going to use our pipe cleaners to make caterpillars. Fold your pipe cleaner in half. Twist it around, separating it at the top to look like antennae. Glue it at the top right hand section. A caterpillar is the larva stage in the life of a butterfly. (Display word card.) In the larva stage, the tiny caterpillar eats and eats and eats and grows. It eats mostly leaves, then one day, it stops eating. Its larva stage is over.
Does anyone know what happens next? (Someone may respond with it spins a cocoon. If so, point out that moths (which look alot like butterflies spin cocoons, but butterflies spin a chrysalis. Many children enjoy a follow-up lesson that compares and contrasts moths and butterflies.) The caterpillar finds a twig, hangs upside down and gets busy spinning. It spins a case, called a chrysalis, all around its body. This is the pupa stage. (Display word card.) The pupa seems to be asleep inside the chrysalis. It does not eat or move. But incredible changes are taking place. We are going to make a chrysalis for our caterpillar. (Pass out cotton balls.) First, you need to use a brown crayon to draw a twig in the third section right under the caterpillar. (Pass out cotton balls) Here is your pretend chrysalis. Glue it hanging from the twig. Inside the chrysalis, your pupa is sleeping and changing. I like to think of the chrysalis as a dressing room. A caterpillar crawls in and . . . . out comes a . . . . . .
Right! Butterfly. This is the last stage in the life of a butterfly. (Display picture and word card.) Place your butterfly in the last section. I'll come around and tape your butterfly down. Now you have the complete life of a butterfly. We call this a life cycle.
A cycle is something that goes around and around. It has no real beginning or end. It never stops. A butterfly lays and egg. (Have studentŐs touch egg on plate.) The egg hatches into a caterpillar or the larva stage. (Have children point to it.) The caterpillar spins a chrysalis, the pupa stage. (Have children point to it.) And finally a beautiful butterfly emerges. (Have children point to it.) A beautiful butterfly who . . . lays an egg, hatches into a caterpillar, spins a chrysalis and comes out as a butterfly. Now say it with me as you point to each picture.
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