The Life Cycle of a Butterfly

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Introduction

You’re trapped but you you are ready to be free!  You feel a little fear because you have been safely wrapped up in your Chrysalis all this time and now you know it’s time to break out.   You don’t feel that same wiggly, green body. You start to wonder what happened to you? You start thinking about your life that you know so far… you were an egg, a caterpillar (larva), and now a Chrysalis. As you start to leave  your shell, beautiful, bright colored wings pop out. You think, “Wow, this is cool.  I wonder if I can fly.”   What am I?

         
         

                                                                                               

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Task

Pretend you are this beautiful butterfly emerging from its Chrysalis. What type of butterfly species are you? Where did you come from? How did you turn into this amazing creature? What is your life like now? What are your favorite flowers?

1. As a team, you will choose the type of butterfly you want to research.

2. Research the butterfly species, the life cycle, the regions it can be found in, and its favorite caterpillar and butterfly flowers.

3. Prepare a paper explaining the importance of butterflies to our environment and a
plan on how we can help increase their population.

4. Create your butterfly project using one of the following methods to display your information:

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Process

1. Choose a partner and work as a team.

2. Brainstorm together to find out what you already know about butterflies.

3. Print out a worksheet to guide you through your butterfly research.

4. Start your research at one of the web sites listed in Resources or use a resource from the library.

5. Decide how you want to present your information.  Click on the following examples and descriptions:

6. Choose the butterfly species you want to research.  Include its Common name and its Latin name.  Write a paragraph giving a description of your butterfly.

7. Locate the region or common range your butterfly is generally found in.  Include a map showing where your butterfly can be found.

8. Gather information on the butterfly lifecycle.  Include photographs and/or drawings.

9. Research the favorite caterpillar plants and butterfly plants your butterfly is attracted to.  Include photographs and/or drawings.

10. Include one interesting or unique fact about your butterfly or butterflies in general.

11. Include a paper explaining the importance of butterflies to our environment and a plan on how we can help increase their population.

12. Site your graphic sources.  What web site did your photographs or graphics come from?

13. Be prepared to present a 10 minute oral presentation of your project to the class.

 

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Resources

Do you want to learn more about a butterfly?

Welcome to The Butterfly Farm
Zoom Butterflies
Monarchs & Migration
Children's Butterfly Site
BUTTERFLIES AND THEIR LARVAL FOOD PLANTS

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 Evaluation

You and your partner must finish all tasks and present your project to the class.  You will be graded based on the following:

Criteria

Points Possible Score
Butterfly identification 10  
Plant identification 10  
Descriptive paragraph 10  
Life cycle demonstration 10  
Interesting fact 5  
Source citation 5  
Improvement plan 20  
Project creativity 20  
Oral presentation 10  

Total:

100  

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Conclusion

Your work is done - good job.  Now you know how amazing butterflies are and have an understanding of how important they are to our environment. 

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Extension

You may be inspired to go home and create a butterfly garden in your backyard!  Click on the "Resource" link to "Container Garden with booklet" to get all of your information.

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Teacher Notes

State standards covered in this Web Quest.

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