G1&2 – Science: The Life Cycle of a Butterfly

Cycle of life

This month in science, G1&2 are learning all about the life cycle of insects, mammals, and plants. When exploring insect life cycles, we investigated the life cycle of a butterfly and looked at its developmental stages. Students learned that first, females lay eggs. The eggs then hatch after three days. Caterpillars emerge from the eggs and eat for close to two weeks before forming a chrysalis. Adult butterflies then emerge from the chrysalides in 7 to 10 days. Students learned that as well as insects, many other types of animals lay eggs. Students looked at examples of various egg-laying animals, such as fish, snakes, turtles, frogs, and birds.

The students were very curious to see how an insect grows and were excited to learn that a caterpillar turns into a butterfly. They loved making their butterfly life cycle craft, and could remember the developmental stages of a butterfly very well!