In this unit study we learned about the life cycle of butterflies and moths, the anatomy of butterflies and moths, and the differences between butterflies and moths. We also grew a butterfly and record our observations. This unit study has 4 days worth of lessons, and it takes 3 to 4 weeks to grow the butterfly. I did this unit study with my 1st grader and I recommend it for Kindergarten to 3rd grade.
Butterfly Unit Study
Butterfly Book List
Books can be read by the child or by the parent to the child, depending on the child’s reading level. I don’t think that a child is ever too old to be read to.
Books I used in the lessons…
Waiting for Wings by Lois Ehlert
Creep, Crawly Caterpillars by Margery Facklam
Caterpillar to Butterfly by Camilla de la Bedoyere
What’s the Difference Between a Butterfly and a Moth? by Robin Koontz
What is Symmetry in Nature? by Bobbie Kalman
Other age appropriate books…
Butterfly Storyby Anca HaritonButterfly House by Eve Bunting
The Lamb and the Butterfly illustrated by Eric Carle
Painted Lady Butterflies by Martha E. H. Rustad
The Magic School Bus the Butterfly and the Bog Beast by Nancy E. Krulik and Thompson Brothers
Butterfly Video List
Wild Kratts Episode 109 Voyage of the Butterflier XT
The Magic School Bus Season 2 Episode 5 – Butterfly and the Bog Beast
Live Butterfly Garden
We got a Butterfly Garden from www.insectlore.com. When we got the kit we sent for the caterpillars. They came in about a week.There were 4 tiny caterpillars in a container with food and air holes in it. We did not have to open the container at all.
By day 12 all four of them were hanging form the top in their chrysalis’. And on day 14 we opened he container and gently moved the piece of paper under the lid that they were hanging from. I pinned it onto the mesh sides of the butterfly house.
We caught 3 that looked the same and had formed cocoons by the next morning. We also caught 2 other types of caterpillars that we had to feed leaves for a week. Since they were in the grass when we found them we took a few leaves from the different trees in our yard to see which type they would eat. Then we added new leaves from that tree every day.
The Butterfly House
We also took a trip to the St. Louis Butterfly House. They had tons of beautiful butterflies and flowers.
The whole visit was only about an hour, but it was fun to see all the different kids of butterflies, my favorite was the blue morpho butterfly (I didn’t get a picture of one with open wings though).