Tie a two-foot piece of string to each end of the stick to make a “triangle” to hang a mobile, then tie four dangling strings from the stick where the students can hang the leaves that tell each step in the life cycle.
Show the children the picture of Speak, Memory of Butterflies by Hong Lei. Discuss/Ask:
- What’s going on in this picture?
- What do you see that makes you say that?
- What more can we find?
Point to the area a child mentions and repeat what he/she says to re-affirm/keep the discussion going.
When each child has had an opportunity to share, ask, “Do you know where butterflies come from?”
Tell the children they are going to be learning about the life cycle of butterflies, or, where butterflies come from. *Fun fact: both snakes and butterflies come from eggs! Tell them that butterflies lay eggs, so when they are born they hatch out of eggs. However, it is not a butterfly that hatches, it is a baby caterpillar! Explain that the caterpillar then eats and grows and makes a chrysalis around him/herself and when she comes out then she is a butterfly!
Show a video from PBS kids. Ask if anyone noticed anything about the video.
On the board, have the kids help tell you the steps in the life cycle of a butterfly and draw a flow chart with arrows as a visual prompt for their project.
Next, the children draw, color, and cut out the four steps in the life cycle of a butterfly with the construction paper. On each of their four leaves, they write one step in the life cycle, and then on the other side of the leaf they glue the picture they made of that step. Finally, they attach the four leaves in order on the strings to their mobile! It is important to show the children a completed mobile as a model to guide them as they work.
As an assessment for learning, have the children put their completed leaves in order for you to check their work before they are allowed to attach them to the mobile.
Listen to The Very Hungry Caterpillar on CD.
Illustrate the song for Farfallina and Marcel.
Explore butterfly pictures with a magnifying glass.
Use a cut up laminated copy of Speak, Memory of Butterflies by Hong Lei as puzzle.