Life cycle of a butterfly

Life cycle of a butterfly

I can name and describe the stages of a butterfly's life cycle.

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Life cycle of a butterfly

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In this lesson, students learn about the butterfly’s life cycle and metamorphosis. They will explore the stages of a butterfly’s life cycle ⏤ the egg, larvae/caterpillars, pupa/chrysalis, and finally the butterfly. The lesson includes a video and a maze activity.



Learning Objective

Students will be able to describe how butterflies go through changes during their life.


Discuss the human life cycle from birth to adulthood. Have students talk to a partner about the life cycles they are already familiar with. Explain that all living things have a life cycle.


Explain what a life cycle is, the process of a living thing growing, and changing. Each organism has its own unique life cycle. Define the word ‘metamorphosis’ and go through each of the 4 stages of a butterfly’s life cycle: egg, larva, pupa, and butterfly. After this, have students watch the video for more information. Participate in a 3-2-1 activity. Students tell 3 things they have learned so far, share 2 things they found particularly interesting, and tell 1 thing they would like to know more about. Next, students drag the images and labels into the correct stage. Then they draw a line to match the stages of a butterfly’s life cycle to their descriptions. Students then read a passage and drag words to fill in the blanks appropriately. Finally, complete the maze by following the path that describes the butterfly’s life cycle.


Students respond to ten multiple-choice and true/false questions.


Students use the spinner to answer questions about what they’ve learned. For example, they may be asked to compare the life cycle of a butterfly to the life cycle of another living thing.

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