Butterfly Life

Butterflies are beautiful, flying insects with large scaly wings. Like all insects, they have six jointed legs, three body parts, a pair of antennae, compound eyes, and an exoskeleton. The three body parts are the head, thorax (the chest), and abdomen (the tail end). Butterflies undergo complete metamorphosis in which they go through four different life stages. • Egg – A butterfly starts its life as an egg, often laid on a leaf or other object near caterpillar food • Larva – The larva (caterpillar) hatches from an egg and eats leaves or flowers almost constantly. The caterpillar molts (loses its old skin) many times as it grows. The caterpillar will increase up to several thousand times in size before pupating • Pupa – It turns into a pupa (chrysalis); this is a resting stage • Adult – A beautiful, flying adult emerges. This adult will continue the cycle Educational Objectives: This lesson provides opportunities for students to: • Learn new visual art vocabulary and use it in the course of the project • Generate multiple designs with the use of color and release techniques • Use multiple instructions to produce a hands-on project • Understand and apply media, techniques, processes • Reflect upon and assess the characteristics and merits of their work and the work of others • Make connections between visual arts and other disciplines • Learn about butterfly habitat and life cycle
Complete Lesson Plan Butterfly Life (PDF)