Lesson Plan : Introduction to Butterfly Unit

Teacher Name:
 Ms. Doherty
Grade:
 Grade 1
Subject:
 Science

Topic:
 This is the introductory lesson to a unit on butterflies.
Content:
 Science Needs of living things butterfly, caterpillar, chrysalis, eggs
Goals:
 Investigate the needs of a variety of different animals: air, water, food, shelter and space.
Objectives:
 NCSCS Objective: 1.02 TLWD analysis of animals by investigating the needs of a variety of different animals: air, water, food, shelter, and space with 90% accuracy. CCS Task Analysis: TLW identify the needs of animals. TLW classify animals according to their characteristics. TLW compare groups of animals and their needs. TLW construct a habitat and explain how it supports the needs of animals.
Materials:
 KWL Chart or SmartBoard Theme 8 Week 2 Houghton Mifflin Anthology Butterfly pattern Pasta: Spiral (caterpillar), shell (chrysalis), bow tie (butterfly) small pasta-couscous or orzo (eggs). Glue Scissors Pictures of Painted Lady Butterflies (A slide show on the SmartBoard works well)
Introduction:
 Complete the “K” of a KWL on Butterflies using the following guiding questions: What do you know about butterflies? Have you ever seen one? Have you ever touched one? What did it look like? What was it before it was a butterfly? What do caterpillars look like? What do caterpillars feel like? How did they get to be caterpillars?
Development:
 Read aloud “Butterflies” from the Houghton Mifflin Theme 8 Week 2 Anthology.
Practice:
 Have students speak to a shoulder buddy about what they would like to know about butterflies for approx 1 minute. Complete the “W” of the KWL chart based on student feedback.(Before the read aloud) Have students describe what the different stages of a butterfly looks like and what they might need to grow through the stages of development. (After the read aloud)
Accommodations:
 Below grade level-Prepare butterfly pattern and provide a model of a completed butterfly. On grade level-Ask students to label the stages of development. Above grade level-Write one sentence for each stage of development.
Checking For Understanding:
 Circulate to monitor progress After the "closure"-Students write in their science journals about the upcoming project.
Closure:
 Show a picture of a “Painted Lady” butterfly and explain to students that we will be raising Painted Lady butterflies as a part of our life science unit. Allow students time to discuss this.

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