Spring is here which means something extraordinary for Young Learners! It is time to learn about life cycles! The Life Cycle of a Butterfly Activity for Kids is a great visual activity to help kids sequence, label and understand the stages of a butterfly. The kids can use the Google Slides and easily click and drag to sequence each stage in the life of a butterfly. Improving hand eye coordination and computer skills are benefits of using a google slide deck with students. Life cycle lessons are important milestones for children and this Google Slide Activity is perfect!
Students will click and drag important words that demonstrate the life of a butterfly. The slides illustrate vocabulary words to describe each stage.
Why should children learn about life cycles?
Throughout a child’s education, he/she will learn stages of development for many different species. These lessons help children understand, care for, and respect the world around them.
It helps kids see the bigger picture of life.
What are some ways I can teach about the stages of a butterfly?
Since the butterfly life cycle for kids is a biggie, there are many videos and resources available.
Butterfly Life Cycle Videos for Kids
There is even a real butterfly kit available that you can purchase in educational stores or online! Kids really enjoy that hands on experience of receiving tiny eggs and watching the hungry caterpillar grow and become an adult butterfly.
As your children are learning the stages of a monarch butterfly or painted lady butterfly life cycle, you can use these activities to learn terminology and review the repetition of a life cycle.
I think that the best book ever about the butterfly life cycle is “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”.
Not only is Eric Carle’s art simply beautiful, but while learning about the butterfly life cycle, kids can also work on identification of different foods and their counting skills without realizing that they are learning!
Plus, this google slide deck is a great addition to any butterfly life cycle unit! They can then use this activity to show what they know!
You can use the slides to introduce life cycles. This Google Slide Deck can also be used to demonstrate vocabulary mastery.
Words to talk about:
- Butterfly eggs
- Chrysalis (pupa)
- Adult Butterfly
You can also, print the slides and use them to create a beautiful classroom butterfly book.
Once the pages are printed, you can also mix them up to assess mastery of sequencing the life cycle as well as the vocabulary concepts.
This is also a great time to talk about the different types of butterflies! I remember in school we had to build a butterfly collection and the vast number of butterflies we found was simply amazing!
While kindergarten and elementary students are not ready for a butterfly collection, you can gather books from the library and look at all the different butterfly species.
How do I use the Google Slide Activity?
First, you must copy the slide deck.
Next, you will want to rename the slide deck. Especially if you have a lot of files! Name it something that will be easy to search up in the future. (That’s an issue I have, remembering what I named my resources!)
Have your child click on the first slide. You may want to point out the directions of the arrows on the first slide to help your child with sequencing.
Then, your child can click the words on the bottom and drag them into the appropriate spot.
Depending on your child’s reading level, you may need to assist with the decoding since some of the words are a bit more challenging. Preread the words to your child.