Raising Butterflies

3rd Grade Oral Language Resources

Content Objectives

Students will:

• Learn about the concept of raising butterflies.
• Access prior knowledge and build background about butterflies and their development.
• Explore and apply understanding of the concept of raising butterflies.

Language Objectives

Students will:

• Demonstrate an understanding of the concept of raising butterflies.
• Orally use words that identify different stages of butterfly development.
• Extend oral vocabulary by discussing butterflies.
• Use key concept words [butterflies, transformation, caterpillar, cocoon, Pupa, pesticides].



• Use the slideshow to review the key concept words.
• Explain that students are going to learn about raising butterflies:
• Butterflies are insects with big, beautiful wings.
• There are many stages in the life of a butterfly.
• It's important to protect butterflies and the environment.


• After the host introduces the slideshow, point to the photo on screen. Ask students: What do you see in this picture? (a butterfly).
• Say: What do you know about butterflies? (they have beautiful wings, they start out as caterpillars, they can fly, they are delicate, etc.)
• Say: Butterflies are fascinating insects! Their lives go through many stages. Butterflies are very delicate and human beings must be careful to protect these beautiful insects. How can humans protect these insects? (leave them alone).

Guided Practice

• Guide students through the next five slides, showing them different stages of butterfly development. Always have students discuss the butterfly's development.


• Play the games that follow. Have them discuss with their partner the different topics that appear during the Talk About It feature.
• After the first game, ask students to tell about butterflies they have seen. After the second game, have them discuss ways to help keep butterflies from extinction.


• Ask students: If you could design a pattern for a butterfly's wings, what would it look like? Can you draw the pattern?
• Summarize for students that a butterfly starts out as a caterpillar. Caterpillars then spin a cocoon and transform into butterflies. Encourage them to talk about what it must be like to be a butterfly.