Since the students are very young, I thought it made the most sense to include a blog from a classroom so that they could relate and understand the information. I found this type of blog to be the most appropriate for first grade students. IMAGE FROM: http://www.thebutterflysite.com/images/monarch-emerging.jpg
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The North American Butterfly Association is the main association and organization related to Butterflies. Included are links to resources for different states.
Although not necessarily an organization or association, this cite has a ton of information that students and teachers can use to gain knowledge about the stages that a caterpillar goes through to become a butterfly.
While watching videos (attached) or reading stories about butterfly life cycle, students can use this chart to follow along with the different stages. Included in this diagram are not only words but pictures as well. There is also space under each picture where they could write notes.
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Butterfly Life Cycle Technology Module Performance Task
Lifecycle of a Butterfly 1st Grade By Erica Dulny
Technology Integration• Rationale – Some classes are not fortunate enough to be able to have caterpillars at hand in their classrooms to help them teach about lifecycles. With the help of technology, students can witness caterpillars transforming into butterflies. Students will be able to learn about the lifecycle of a butterfly through pictures, videos, and books. This presentation should allow for students of all learning styles to grasp the information because of the varied types resources available for them.
Internet Content• The internet offers a variety of information, videos, and pictures that will help students to learn and understand the lifecycle of a butterfly. Websites were evaluated to make sure content was correct and was targeted for academics.• The following slides are just some of the resources available that discuss this topic!
Blog• Ms. Jenni’s Classroom BlogI love how this blog mentions that not all students are lucky enough to have a hands=on experience and really see how a caterpillar develops. Attached is a video that students can watch and really experience seeing the change over time. If students do have a hands-on experience, it is a good resource they can also refer to so they know what to expect!
YouTube VideoButterfly Lifecycle Video by Mr. G’s 2nd Grade Class• This video shows a great visual presentation using graphics and clay of the life cycle of a butterfly. Commentary goes along with the pictures. Students will be able to easily follow along with video and learn while watching!
Podcast• Ms. Dickersons 2nd Grade ClassThis podcast includes discussion and interesting facts about the four stages of the life cycle of a Butterfly. It is given by 2nd graders, so facts will be easy for students to understand!
Internet Resources• North American Butterfly AssociationThis website would be a helpful resource for teachers as it contains links and resources about butterflies, their habitats, and the National Butterfly Center.• U.S. Forest ServiceIncluded in this website are teacher resources about butterflies and their life cycle, along with student activities.
Internet Resources• The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel UniversThis leads you to the website for The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. Students can use this as a resource for learning about the stages of a caterpillar becoming a butterfly, as descriptions and pictures can be found for each stage.
Teaching Materials• Book: The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Teaching Materials• http://www.turtlediary.com/kindergarten-games/This is an animated video that goes through the stages from caterpillar to butterfly. In addition, there are two games that will allow students to practice identifying these stages. Also it says it is for Kindergarten, I feel this is a good resource for even 1st graders.
Teaching Materials• Student BookletsThis website has pages of booklets that can be printed and completed by students about the life cycle of a butterfly. Students can draw pictures and write information that they learned about each stage!
Teaching Materials• Word-SearchThis activity will allowstudents to become familiarwith vocabulary related tothe lifecycle of a butterfly.
Subject-Specific Resource• Ask an ExpertAttached is an article that teachers can use as a resource to learn in detail about how a caterpillar becomes a butterfly. It may be difficult for students to follow, but it will serve as a great reference for teachers.
Supporting Websites• Cool Science for Curious Kids(from Interactive Biology)This website has a cool art activity students can complete to help show the life cycle of a butterfly. Key vocabulary is also included.• Encyclopedia.comThis is a great reference material for teachers. Teachers can choose to share information with students as well.
Web 2.0• PinterestThis website allows for teachers to share pictures and descriptions of art projects, games, charts, posters, and even lesson plans regarding different topics. Above is a link regarding the butterfly life cycle topic.