Reflection: Lesson Planning Butterflies - Section 3: Direct Instruction


This lesson allowed the students to apply their knowledge of insects to one specific insect, the butterfly.  Th students were able to see how the characteristics of an insect apply to butterflies and also learn what makes a butterfly unique.

The students were so excited about this lesson.  It seems all of them LOVE butterflies and have a special connection to them.  There were so many stories about finding butterflies, visiting butterfly gardens, watching metamorphosis, etc. that I could hardly get the content taught.  Yet, when I did present the content, the students were very engaged and they really did a great job picking up the information.  The students needed very little assistance with the books.  They had a great handle on the content.

Later, I did an art project around the story, The Very Hungry Caterpillar with my students.  After I read the book, I was going to point out that there is a mistake in the book.  It says the caterpillar made a cocoon.  I didn't even get to do that.  The students heard the mistake as soon as I read it and they were all over.  They made such a strong connection to the content.  It is great finding those topics that students connect with.  It makes learning fun for the students and me as well!  I will continue to look for topics that create that strong emotional connection. 

  Loving Butterflies
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Unit 9: Exploring Insects
Lesson 3 of 5

Objective: Students will be able to identify the characteristic of butterflies by completing a book.

Big Idea: The students have been learning about the characteristics of insects. Now it is time to focus that learning and better understand the unique qualities of butterflies. Students will familiarize themselves with many of the butterfly's structures and their

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Science, Science Skills, ELL, insects
  55 minutes
colorful butterfly
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