How to Make Learning about Butterflies Fun with 10 Easy Tips

Celebrate spring with a unit on butterflies! This post includes a collection of teaching ideas and resources to make your planning easy. Great planning begins with a great collection of books.

Many teachers include themes of life cycles, butterflies, ladybugs, and many other plants and insects in their spring teaching. In this post, I’ll be sharing a collection of ideas for teaching about butterflies and life cycles. From book recommendations to activities to tech, I hope you’ll find a few ideas you can use.

Books about Butterflies for Spring

Celebrate spring with a unit on butterflies! This post includes a collection of teaching ideas and resources to make your planning easy. Great planning begins with a great collection of books.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

There are so many wonderful books to choose from with this unit. Definitely check out the book titles to the left for great choices. One not included (due to copyright) is The Very Hungry Caterpillar. I just love Eric Carle’s books, so the top of my list is The Very Hungry Caterpillar. In fact, it was one of the first units I put together for my store, but I have since restructured it to be more of a thematic unit on butterflies. You can take a look at that later in this post if you wish.

Celebrate spring with a unit on butterflies! This post includes a collection of teaching ideas and resources to make your planning easy. Great planning begins with a great collection of books.

The Caterpillar That Ate All Week!

As I was looking through materials that were available for butterflies, I did come across this adorable emergent reader that could be used in conjunction with this book as well as this simple graphic organizer that could be used with the book.

The Butterfly House

Another favorite of mine is The Butterfly House by Eve Bunting. If you are hatching butterflies, this is a definite must read. It is about a young girl and her grandfather who grow butterflies, and it’s so touching. You could use this freebie if you do. My unit is to the left.

The Butterfly

Another beautiful book is The Butterfly by Patricia Polacco.  Unfortunately, that is one unit I have not put together.  Even so, she is one of my favorite authors, so if there is a book remotely related by her, you can bet I will talk about it. It is more about World War II and Nazi Germany than butterflies really, but for older readers, it is a great book to share and reflect on.

Waiting on Wings

Waiting on Wings is another great book for butterfly life cycles. This PRINT AND GO bundle includes materials you can use for mentor text lessons, guided reading to tie into your science unit, or for extension. The set also includes a research project to use in writing. If you’d like to learn more, it’s linked to my TPT store.

Celebrate spring with a unit on butterflies! This post includes a collection of teaching ideas and resources to make your planning easy. Great planning begins with a great collection of books.
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This last book I used with second grade to help them with life cycle studies. It was perfect for their level and easy to understand. It had wonderful photos and diagrams that explained concepts well.

Learning about Butterflies

If you’re looking for activities to use with the theme, here are a few fun freebies that accompany this week’s theme and book options.

Video Resources for Butterflies

Magic School Bus-Butterfly and the Bog Beast

butterfly2bpost2bpin-9725631I hope these ideas help you in your unit planning. There’s nothing better than the excitement of growing and releasing butterflies. How awesome to see life cycles in real life! A butterfly theme provides great opportunities for PBL, hands-on learning, and loads of reading options.

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Growing Readers with Mentor Texts

I hope these ideas help you in your unit planning. There’s nothing better than the excitement of growing and releasing butterflies. How awesome to see life cycles in real life! A butterfly theme provides great opportunities for PBL, hands-on learning, and loads of reading options.

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  1. jbales

    Yowza! Thank you so much for taking the time to share these resources. You are wonderful!

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