Life cycle of a Butterfly

Objectives:

  • Learning about the life cycle of a butterfly (English & Science)
  • Training of Penmanship through colouring (Penmanship)
  • Training of Motor skills through opening of the plastic bag (Motor Skills)
  • Use of geometric shapes to create a butterfly (Mathematics)
  • Listening activity using The Very Hungry Caterpillar (Listening)

Time needed: (80mins, divided into two sessions)

Materials needed:

  • Beginner Pattern Blocks by Melissa & Doug
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  • Writing and colouring tools
  • I used a jotter book to write down the life cycle of the butterfly
    I used a jotter book to write down the life cycle of the butterfly. Notice that I have enlarged the KEY words as these are the words I would want C to trace on.
  • Picture of a butterfly for colouring.
    Picture of a butterfly for colouring.

Instructions

  1. Place the pattern blocks in a plastic bag and tie it up with the sealing clip. Instruct child to open up the bag.
    Place the pattern blocks in a plastic bag and tie it up with the sealing clip. Instruct child to open up the bag.

    Model for the child if he or she does not know how to open the clip.
    Model for the child if he or she does not know how to open the clip. This is good for building motor skills.
  2. Show the child the pattern board with the butterfly. If the child has learnt about shapes, ask which shapes does he need and how many pieces of it.
  3. Ask child to place the shapes on the board.
    Ask the child to place the shapes on the board.
  4. Read the life cycle of the butterfly to the child.
  5. Tracing of
    Instruct child to trace on the key words such as ‘eggs’, ‘caterpillar’, ‘chrysalis’ and ‘butterfly’. (I learnt this tracing technique from a workshop conducted in C’s school.)
  6. Tracing of key words
    Tracing of key words
  7. If there are spaces which the child does not colour, remind the child to fill in the 'White spaces'.
    Ask the child to colour the picture of the butterfly. If there are spaces which the child does not colour, remind the child to fill in the ‘White spaces’.
  8. C's completed picture after using tips learnt from art lesson.
    C’s completed picture after using tips learnt from art lesson.
  9. Read 'The very hungry caterpillar' to the child. As you read, point out the visual image of the key words from the writing task.
    Read ‘The very hungry caterpillar’ to the child. As you read, point out the visual image of the key words from the writing task.
  10. In a blank page hotter book, write out the key words and some from the story book that will interest your child. Ask the child to read the words to ensure that they know how they are pronounced.
    In a blank page hotter book, write out the key words and some from the story book that will interest your child. Ask the child to read the words to ensure that they know how they are pronounced.
  11. Tell the child that you are going to read the book to them again, this time, they will not see the book but will only listen to the story. As he or she hears the words on the page, they will cross out the word as shown. (C started out with a shorter book and only four words. I gradually increase the number of words and number of pages as he masters the task with ease.)
    Tell the child that you are going to read the book to them again, this time, they will not see the book but will only listen to the story. As he or she hears the words on the page, they will cross out the word as shown. (C started out with a shorter book and only four words. I gradually increase the number of words and number of pages as he masters the task with ease.)

    Reflection

The bulk of time used for this activity is on colouring. I didn’t want to rush C as I know he has just started to develop a liking for colouring. After colouring, we took a break and continued the session in the evening. I am trying to teach more life cycles these few weeks as it’s the theme for his mainstream school. He’ll have to present a show and tell on tortoise and turtles in 3 week’s time. Hopefully I’ll have more activities to share with you all on how I try to help him.

Love,

A

Together, we can go far.

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