The Life Cycle of a Butterfly


Students in the second-grade classes have the opportunity to learn about the life cycle of a butterfly.   Students make diagrams of the life cycle and they watch real live caterpillers change from a caterpiller to cacoon to a butterfly; then watch as the butterflies are released. Many insects go through either complete or incomplete metamorphosis. The butterfly is an example of an insect that undergoes complete metamorphosis. This type of life cycle is marked by significant changes in the shape and structure of the insect. As students think about other animals or insects, they will see similarities and differences in life cycles.  The students are learning a variety of vocabulary words as well as being able to make connections from content areas to application in real life.