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Review of Life Cycle
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Purpose:

Learners will review the information that they learned in the previous lesson. They will demonstrate understanding of the life cycle of the Monarch Butterfly by using different types of pasta to represent the different stages of the butterfly’s life cycle.

Duration:

One Forty-Five Minute Class Periods

Objectives:

The learner will:

  • review the definitions of philanthropy, stewardship and common good.
  • review the four stages of the life cycle of the Monarch Butterfly.
  • listen and respond to a book about the life cycle of a butterfly.
  • demonstrate understanding of the life cycle of a butterfly by using pasta to represent the four stages.

Materials:

  • Book:  From Caterpillar to Butterfly by Deborah Heiligman
  • Rice, shell pasta, penne pasta, bow tie pasta
  • Life cycle sequence sheet: Attachment Two
  • Glue
  • Chart paper for KWL activity (what we Know; what we Want to know; what we have Learned)
Handout 1
Saving the Monarch Butterfly
Handout 2
Rubric for the Stages of the Life Cycle of a Butterfly

Instructional Procedure(s):

Anticipatory Set:
Ask students what they learned about the Monarch in the last lesson. Be sure that they discuss the idea that taking care of  Mother Earth , plants and  animals is considered stewardship and that doing things to beautify an area for the common good is philanthropy. Write these on chart paper or the butterfly design that you used in the previous lesson for the KWL (what we Know; what we Want to know; what we have Learned) Tell them that today they will review by reading another book about butterflies, then they will each have a chance to show what they’ve learned by making their own Monarch Butterfly’s life cycle chart using pasta.

  • Read From Caterpillar to Butterfly by Deborah Heiligman.  As you read be sure to discuss the photos.  You can also show the learners photos of the life cycle by going to: www.monarchmagic.com, click the LINKS tab.  Choose Monarch Butterfly Life Cycle Nature Photos or the Florida Monarch Butterfly site

  • Next show the children the pasta that will represent each stage of the life cycle.  Ask them to explain why they think each type of pasta was chosen.  (Egg: rice kernel, larva or caterpillar: penne pasta, chrysalis: shell pasta, and the adult butterfly: bow tie pasta).

  • Give each child a copy of Attachment One, Review of the Life Cycle of a Butterfly sequence sheet. Tell them that they will show that they remember the life cycle of the Monarch Butterfly by placing the pasta in the correct sequence.  Remind the students that the cycle is on going and each stage follows a specific stage, but that the cycle continues on and on.  For example, the egg must follow the adult butterfly stage, it cannot follow any other.  Ask the children to explain what this means.  Why can’t the larval stage follow the adult butterfly stage?

  • Distribute crayons, glue, and enough of the following so that each child has one of each: rice kernel (egg), penne pasta (larva), shell pasta (chrysalis) and bow tie pasta (adult butterfly). Tell the learners that they should place each piece of pasta in the correct location on the worksheet (Attachment One) before gluing. The teacher should walk around to be sure that pasta shapes are in the correct location.  Ask the learners to glue each piece on the worksheet.

Assessment:

Use the rubric (Attachment Two) to evaluate the assessment of the students’ sequencing of the stages of the Life Cycle of the Monarch Butterfly.

Ask older learners (2nd grade) to write a paragraph about the life cycle of the butterfly

Bibliographical References:

Lesson Developed By:

Mary Petro
Albion Public Schools
Harrington Elementary
Albion, Michigan

Handouts:

Handout 1Print Handout 1

Saving the Monarch Butterfly

Handout 2Print Handout 2

Rubric for the Stages of the Life Cycle of a Butterfly

Score

Criteria

4

All four stages are represented correctly.

3

3 of the 4 stages are represented correctly.

2

2 of the 4 stages are represented correctly.

1

1 of the 4 stages are represented correctly.

0

None of the 4 stages are represented correctly.

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Unit Contents:

Overview:Saving the Monarch Summary

Lessons:

1.
Life Cycle
2.
Review of Life Cycle
3.
Planting a Monarch Butterfly Garden

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