"Caterpillars to Butterflies"
Age 3- 6 years

Constancy and Change K (7) Change Occurs-
d. Observe and record stages in life cycles

* Panty Hose * Construction paper * T- shirt
* Scissors * Crayolas * pipe cleaners
* large wiggle eyes * Graham Crackers * Markers
* paint(red, blue, green, yellow) * White Icing * green poster board
* Grass Seed * Hot glue/ glue gun * pkg. Skittles
* Potting Soil * fabric markers * Skill sheet
* Construction paper Butterfly Cut-outs
* Acrylic Paint (red, yellow, blue, black, purple)
* book: The Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
* book: A Butterfly Is Born by Melvin Berger


Activity 1: Make a Caterpillar from Panty Hose
How many of you have ever seen a real butterfly? Where do you think that it comes from? Today we are going to hear a story and we will see if you are right.
Read: Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Were you right? Looking back through the story, we will recall the stages a caterpillar must go through before it becomes a butterfly....
egg, caterpillar, chrysalis, butterfly
With hand motions, children will recall stages of a butterfly:
Egg: hand clutched tight like a fist
Caterpillar: index finger extended, scrunched, extended, scrunched,....
Chrysalis: index finger of one hand wrapped by other hand (like a hotdog)
Butterfly: with thumbs interlocked, fingers wiggle and do flying motion

Wow! What wonderful hand butterflies we have, now let's do the stages with our whole body.

Egg: child in fetal position
Caterpillar: inch worm across the floor
Chrysallis: standing up the child covers face with hands and spins in a circle
Butterfly: with arms extended, the child flies across the room and all around

Activity 2: Butterfly Song (tune: "Frere Jacques")
by Toni Casarez and Wendy Garrett
Egg, Caterpillar, Chrysallis
Egg, Caterpillar, Chrysallis
Butterfly. . . Butterfly
Flying all around
Flying to the ground
Butterflly. . . Butterfly

(Song done with hand movements)

Activity 3: Butterfly T-shirt
* Child will make a butterfly t-shirt with his or her own hand and foot print.
* The child's foot will be center of butterfly with hand prints on both sides as the wings. The antennea will be drawn on with fabric marker.
* A poem will be written on the back of the shirt with fabric marker:

They flit. They fly. They flutter by. Each one is different ... a butterfly!

Activity 4: Search for a Butterfly
Ask children where a good place might be to find a butterfly. Why is this a good location? (Recap from previous day's lesson)
*Children and teacher go outside and look for a butterfly.
* Using sweep nets the children will attempt to catch a butterfly that will later be pinned.

Activity 5: Life Cycle of a Butterfly
Before Activity 5 begins, teacher reads the book:
A Butterfly Is Born by Melvin Berger. Once again, the children do the butterfly finger play to recall the cycle of a butterfly.
* Students will be given a manilla piece of paper that has been divided into four equal sections (one for each stage of the butterflies development) Each section will be labeled as foIlows:
* In the upper left rectangle, a small number one is in the bottom left corner. To the right of the number the words, "the egg" is displayed.
* In the upper right rectangle, a small number two is in the bottom left corner. To the right of the number the words, "the caterpillar" is displayed.
* In the bottom left rectangle, a small number three is in the bottom left corner. To the right of the number the words, "the Chrysallis" is displayed.
* In the bottom right rectangle, a small number four is in the bottom left corner. To the right of the number the words, " the butterfly" is displayed.
* With paper ready, the children will use markers/crayolas to illustrate the different stages of development.

Activity 6: Beautiful Butterflies
* Symmetry is defined as: having two parts (cut by an imaginary line) that are exactly the same.
*Child will be given manilla paper and butterfly pattern. Have the child fold the manilla paper in half and place the butterfly pattern on the fold. The middle of the butterfly should be on the fold with wings extended outward.
*The child will trace the around the pattern.
* After the pattern is traced, the child will carefully cut the butterfly out on the line.
* The child will open the butterfly and note symmetry.
* Paint is applied to the inside of the butterfly on one side.
* The butterfly is closed and child presses on butterfly gently.
* Open the butterfly carefully to see the beautiful butterfly that has been constructed. It is symmetrical!

Activity 7: Symmetrical Sandwich
*After the child has finished his or her beautiful butterfly, a table will be set up for this edible experience.
*The child will go to the table and get a graham cracker. He or she will snap it in half so the cracker is symmetrical.
* The child will spread white icing on both pieces of the
graham cracker.
* With various Skittles, the child will decorate his or her edible insect... making sure it is symmetrical. YUM! YUM!

If time allows:
Activity 8: Caterpillar Measuring
* Using Frank Schaffer's Caterpillar Measuring Activity, the child will go around the room measuring various things.
* your hand* pencil
* scissors* block
* paper plate* your thumb
* crayon* piece of yarn
* paper cup* your food
* marker* tape dispenser

Closure: Reread the story The Very Hungry Caterpillar
by Eric Carle
* Recall the days activities and how they relate to the very hungry caterpillar.
* Follow up questions and questions for thought might include:
* Where did the little egg come from?
* Could this story really have happened or is it make believe? How do you know?
* Tell what the caterpillar does that caterpillars really do... THEN... tell what caterpillars do NOT do.
* Tell about a time you got a stomach ache from eating too much.
* What do you think a caterpillar does when he is inside
the Chrysallis?
* Would you rather be a caterpillar or a butterfly...why?

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