for Kindergarten and First Grade
by: Marian Zivan
We are beginning our thematic unit on Creepy Crawlers. In this webquest we will focus on Butterflies. Your job is going to gather information about butterflies while observing our own butterfly garden in our classroom.
When you have finished this webquest, you will be able to create a butterfly and name it for our class book. We will share our findings of butterflies with another kindergarten/first grade class.
By the end of this webquest, you will be able to explain the growth cycle of a butterfly, learn about symmetry, name the body parts and create your own butterfly. You will see that there are many different types of butterflies.
1. Before we can begin to learn about butterflies, as a class we need to create a KWL chart to see how much we already know about butterflies. Print out this page and fill out the first two sections. At the end of activity, you can come back to the KWL chart and write what new facts you have learned about butterflies.
2. At the beginning of our unit we will create a butterfly garden and will be able to see the stages of a butterfly. You will write your daily observations in your butterfly journal of what is happening to our caterpillars.
3. The teacher will read the story The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle to the class, as an introduction to the wonderful life of caterpillars becoming butterflies.
4. You will learn about the four basic stages of a butterfly. Students will draw the life cycle of a butterfly. Students can also learn about the stages of a butterfly by visiting The Children's Butterfly Site
5. You will learn about the body of a butterfly. Students will label the parts of a butterfly. Visit this website to learn about labeling butterflies. Label butterfly
Print out Butterfly
6. You will learn about symmetry in butterflies and learn about patterns in nature.
7. You will learn to draw your own butterfly by visiting this website. Have a piece of paper with you as you learn the steps to draw a butterfly.
8. Finally, you will be able to create your own butterfly by coloring it using symmetry (step 6) and from drawing your own butterfly (step 7). You will need to print out this page to complete this step.
Learn to Draw a butterfly
Print out this paper to create your own butterfly and name it.
Here is a list of resources that you can visit to learn more about butterflies.
The Butterfly Website
The Butterfly Garden
Once you have completed the webquest, you will complete a rubric with the teacher.
Name: I wrote/drew in my
journal. I drew the 4 stages
of a butterfly. I labeled the parts
of a butterfly. I created my own
butterfly. I drew a
butterfly. I looked at 3-4
I wrote/drew in my journal.
I drew the 4 stages of a butterfly.
I labeled the parts of a butterfly.
I created my own butterfly.
I drew a butterfly.
I looked at 3-4 websites.
Print out rubric to complete.
Congratulations!!! You have finished the journey of a butterfly. Please turn in all worksheets and we will be able to create our class book to share with another class.
This webquest was designed for Kindergarten and First grade students. I have to incorporated technology as much as possible along with paper pencil activities.
Arizona has designed specific technology standards for primary grades. To see Technology standards please visit Arizona Department of Education.
It is important to incorporate Technology in the classroom because it has such an important part of every day life. It is crucial that students are prepared for the workforce and life. If students are comfortable with technology at an early age, then they will not fear it later on. Teachers need to follow the state curriculum standards for technology to give students the tools they need to succeed.
Here are a few links for teachers:
All About Butterflies
The Butterfly Guide
Good luck and have fun!