• Butterfly Battle-Magic School Bus chapter book, A Place for Butterflies by Melissa Stewart, or similar book
  • printables of butterflies and moths that label the parts of the adult insect
  • sheet of the life cycle of a butterfly/moth such as can be found on Google images
  • real butterflies and/or moths if available, plastic or stuffed models (must be accurate) if no live animals
  • videos of monarch migration such as
  • card stock to make labels


  • Students will identify parts of adult moth in English
  • Students will list life stages of butterfly in proper order
  • Students will be able to list ways in which butterflies are beneficial and harmful to humans

Resource Instructions

1. Write vocabulary on chart or board...butterfly, moth, life cycle, migration, thorax, abdomen, wings, antennae, larva/caterpillar, pupa/chrysalis, cocoon, proboscis. After discussing or doing a KWL chart have students use some of these words to label your printable of a butterfly and some to label the life cycle sheet. Also use the butterfly model you have to point out the various parts. Use this site as it has the life cycle in English, Spanish, and other languages.

2. Watch youtube video of monarch migration, discuss what students think was important, add anything they leave out.

3. Read selected parts of butterfly book you have chosen. Ask students for main idea of the book readings in their own words. You may put students in small groups, so ESL students can interact while writing main idea. When students are satisfied they may put main idea underneath the printable of the butterfly and supporting facts they found important under the life cycle picture.

4. If the books you chose show the butterfly as part of the environment the students will then discuss how it is beneficial and harmful. The caterpillar eats many crops, but it provides food for many other animals. The butterfly pollinates many plants.



1. Build your own caterpillar has students build 3 caterpillars living in 3 different parts of the rain forest. Online activity

2. From website

The students will use their bodies to demonstrate what metamorphosis looks like. First, tell them they will become an egg. Have them sit on the floor, grasp their knees, and tuck their head under. Demonstrate the position. Next, tell the students they will change into caterpillars by stretching out on the floor and wriggling. After that, they will stand very still and cross their arms tightly across their chest to look like the chrysalis. Finally, demonstrate how a butterfly gently stretches its wings and begins to flutter. Allow the students to fly around the room as butterflies in the rain forest.


Accuracy of life cycle and butterfly diagram

Main idea and supporting facts given

Participation in beneficial/harmful discussion.

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