SUBJECTS: Art, Language Arts, Reading, Science, Technology GRADE: Pre-k LENGTH OF TIME: 5 days MATERIALS: Premade booklets with only the title Lifecycle of a butterfly stamp ink pad Colors Digital camera Computer iphoneUnit of Study
The students will:•read and use various websites to learn about thelifecycle of a butterfly.•become familiar with the butterfly vocabulary words byusing sheppardsoftward.•learn the cycle of the butterfly and how to sequence thedifferent stages using sheppardsoftware•use technology to demonstrate learningOBJECTIVE:
Jonassen (1991) notes that many educators have applied constructivismto the development of learning environments. Create real-world environments that employ the context in whichlearning is relevant; Focus on realistic approaches to solving real-world problems; The instructor is a coach and analyzer of the strategies used to solvethese problems; Stress conceptual interrelatedness, providing multiple representations orperspectives on the content; Instructional goals and objectives should be negotiated and not imposed; Evaluation should serve as a self-analysis tool; Provide tools and environments that help learners interpret the multipleperspectives of the world; Learning should be internally controlled and mediated by the learner.
We will begin our unit of study by reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar byEric Carle. We will observe the actual metamorphosis of the butterflythrough observation in our classroom. The students will create stages ofthe butterfly and will create their own slideshow to demonstrating anunderstanding of the process. We will end this unit by observing eachchild’s creative art on picture trail. Allowing the students to use picturetrail in their project will create a more authentic learning experience andkeep them engaged in the development of their ideas. The purpose ofincorporating technology into this unit is to teach students how to usetechnology in a meaningful way that can be applied to their everydaylife. This process will make the students care deeply about the finalproduct. On days 1, 2, and 4, we will watch the book on youtube andlisten to the story on CD to make the story more exciting and to givestudents a variety of ways to enjoy reading. Students with differentlearning styles will appreciate using a variety of methods to read theselected story. Students will use Sheppard Software to sequence thelifecycle of a butterfly. Through repetition, students are allowed to playthe game until they have learned and understand the lifecycle process.LEARNING CONTEXT:
The class will take a nature walk to activate students’ prior knowledgeabout caterpillars. Students will be introduced to the vocabulary words,egg, caterpillar (larva), chrysalis(pupa), butterfly(adult). We will watch aYoutube video of The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. The studentswill observe the live caterpillars that are presently in our classroom. Thestudents will draw their version of a little egg on a leaf.
We will listen to The Very Hungry Caterpillar recorded onto an iphone togive students a variety of ways to enjoy reading. Afterwards, in smallgroups students will create a butterfly lifecycle book using the lifecyclestamp. Students will incorporate further detail to enhance theirbooks.The students will continue to work on their lifecycle books. As thestudents complete their books, the teacher will allow them to snappictures of their story using a digital camera.The Very Hungry Caterpillar PODCAST.caf
We will reread The Very Hungry Caterpillar. The students willretell the story and sequence the lifecycle. Our class will travel tothe computer lab where students will be introduced to an activityathttp://www.sheppardsoftware.com/scienceforkids/life_cycle/butterflyto sequence the lifecycle of a butterfly. Afterwards, the studentswill complete their books, and then snap pictures of their storyusing a digital camera.
The students will watch the lifecycle of a butterfly on youtube. athttp://video.search.yahoo.com/video/play;_ylt=A0S00Mh4t3BRSHcAU.H7w8QF;_ylu=X3oDMTBvbGgza2Q0BHNlYwNzcgRzbGsDdmlkBHZ0aWQDVjExNg--?p=life+cycle+of+a+butterfly+youtube&vid=59b25b6f2e19a644ed994e9989f29c1b&l=4%3A33&turl=http%3A%2F%2Fts2.mm.bing.net%2Fth%3Fid%3DV.4939209066676497%26pid%3D15.1&rurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3D7AUeM8MbaIk&tit=Complete+Life+Cycle+of+the+Monarch+Butterfly&c=0&sigr=11a25ccvd&age=0&&tt=b As the students complete their books,the teacher will allow the students to snap pictures of their story using adigital camera. The students will complete snapping photos of their books.The teacher will upload photos to the computer to later use on picture trail.
The teacher, assistant, and volunteer will assist students with uploadingtheir photos to Picture Trail to be viewed by the entire class.http://www.picturetrail.com/sfx/flicks/done/flick_id/8910750
SCIENCE VI.B.2. Child describes life cyclesof organisms. ART VIII.A.1. Child uses a variety of art materials and activities forsensory experience and exploration. TECHNOLOGY X.A.5. Child recognizes that information is accessiblethrough the use of technology. LANGUAGE II.D.6. Child increases listening vocabulary and begins todevelop vocabulary of object names and common phrases in English.