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Kidspiration Lesson Plan - Life Cycle of a Butterfly: Page 1 of 5

Kidspiration Lesson Plan - Life Cycle of a Butterfly: Page 1 of 5

Submitted by ayim on Wed, 07/09/2008 - 11:10.


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Amy Yim
Last updated: July 9, 2008

Kidspiration Lesson Plan – The Life Cycle of a Butterfly

How long the lesson is designed to take: 45 minutes

Unit Title: a) Science
b) 2nd graders (usually 7-8 year olds)
c) Life cycle of a butterfly

Instructional Goals & Objectives:

Science
Standard 3.0 Life Science - The students will use scientific skills and processes to explain the dynamic nature of living things, their interactions, and the results from the interactions that occur over time.

Topic C. Genetics

Indicator 1. Explain that there are identifiable stages in the life cycles (growth, reproduction, and death) of plants and animals

Objective c. Given pictures of stages in the life cycle of a plant or animal, determine the sequence of the stages in the life cycle.

Technology
Technology Indicator: Select and use technology tools to enhance learning.
Technology Objectives: Use technology tools, including software and hardware, from a range of teacher-selected options to learn new content or reinforce skills.
Rationale:
My Kidspiration lesson and activity is designed to be an overview of the life cycle of a butterfly for the students in my class. This lesson and activity will prepare the students for the Life Cycle of a Butterfly unit the students have in Science. The lesson and activity will help the students gain background knowledge about the life cycle of a butterfly. For the past four years, I have jumped right into the Life Cycle of a Butterfly unit without providing my students with any information on butterflies and caterpillars. As a result, I have had to teach and the students have had to learn a significant amount of information in a short period of time. During the same time, the students have also been watching their very own tiny caterpillars turn into chrysalises and then emerge as butterflies. Although this has always been an extremely exciting and informative learning experience for my students, it has also been an overwhelming experience for the students and me. I am hoping this lesson and activity will provide a foundation for the students and the information the students gain during the science unit will build upon the foundation. I chose to create information pages about each stage of the butterfly’s life cycle and an activity for the students to complete using Kidspiration. This will provide students with an engaging and exciting way to learn about the life cycle of a butterfly.

Content:
Science, Life Science, Genetics, The Life Cycle of a Butterfly

Instructional Procedures:
1) To begin, remind the students that the most popular unit for second graders is coming up soon, and the unit is the Life Cycle of a Butterfly.

2) Tell students that today they will be beginning to learn about the life cycle of a butterfly, in order to get ready for the upcoming science unit.

3) Tell students that today is the beginning of a wonderful learning experience they will have with butterflies.

4) Explain to students that they will be working individually in the computer lab and will use the Kidspiration program to learn about the life cycle of a butterfly.

5) Now, it is time to bring the students into the computer lab.

6) While the students are logging in, you should be setting up your computer and the LCD projector. The LCD projector will be used to show students how to navigate to the WebQuest link in my Electronic Portfolio. From the WebQuest link, the students will be able to save the information pages and activity onto their computer, as long as the computer has Kidspiration on it.

7) When each student has logged onto a computer and is ready to begin, hand each student a sheet with my Electronic Portfolio website address on it and the student instructions sheet. Then tell the students to pay careful attention to how they can access the Kidspiration pages and activity. Tell the students to follow along with you and take the same steps are taking. If they get lost they should refer back to the student instructions sheet and then raise their hands, if needed.

8) Now the students should be shown how to navigate to my Electronic Portfolio and then the WebQuest link. On the WebQuest page, show the students how to save each of the Kidspiration files onto their computer.

9) Walk around to help any students who are having difficulty. When all the students have saved the files, go over the directions with the students.

10) Tell students that they should first read each of the four pages about a stage in the life cycle of a butterfly. They should read the egg page, the caterpillar page, the chrysalis page, and then the butterfly page. The students should use the information pages to help them complete the life cycle activity.

11) Tell students to carefully check over their answers and spelling when they are finished. After they have done that, they should print the activity page they just completed.

12) Explain to students how the computer can read any sections they have difficulty with to them. Show the students how they can left click on the ear and then right or left click on the section of words they are having difficulty with and let them hear the computer read the section aloud. Remind the students to wear headphones when listening to the computer.

13) Answer any questions the students may have and then let the students begin working. While the students are working, walk around to monitor the students and answer any questions they may have.

14) At the end of the lesson, ask the students to share one fact they learned about the life cycle of a butterfly with a partner. Afterwards, call on several students to share the facts.

Evaluation Procedures:
I will use the completed Life Cycle of a Butterfly activity sheets to assess the students’ understanding of the life cycle of a butterfly. This activity will show me whether the students know the correct order of the stages in the life cycle of a butterfly, and if they can correctly identify eggs, a caterpillar, a chrysalis, and a butterfly. In addition, the activity will allow me to see if students are able to identify three facts about the stages of a butterfly’s life cycle.

Materials:
o Computers with the Kidspiration program (class set)
o Headphones (class set)
o LCD projector
o Sheet with Electronic Portfolio address (class set)
o Student Instructions sheet (class set)

References:

School Improvement in Maryland. MSDE. (2008). Retrieved June 27, 2008, from http://mdk12.org/instruction/curriculum/index.html

Amy Yim
Last updated: July 9, 2008

Kidspiration Lesson Plan – The Life Cycle of a Butterfly

How long the lesson is designed to take: 45 minutes

Unit Title: a) Science
b) 2nd graders (usually 7-8 year olds)
c) Life cycle of a butterfly

Instructional Goals & Objectives:

Science
Standard 3.0 Life Science - The students will use scientific skills and processes to explain the dynamic nature of living things, their interactions, and the results from the interactions that occur over time.

Topic C. Genetics

Indicator 1. Explain that there are identifiable stages in the life cycles (growth, reproduction, and death) of plants and animals

Objective c. Given pictures of stages in the life cycle of a plant or animal, determine the sequence of the stages in the life cycle.

Technology
Technology Indicator: Select and use technology tools to enhance learning.
Technology Objectives: Use technology tools, including software and hardware, from a range of teacher-selected options to learn new content or reinforce skills.
Rationale:
My Kidspiration lesson and activity is designed to be an overview of the life cycle of a butterfly for the students in my class. This lesson and activity will prepare the students for the Life Cycle of a Butterfly unit the students have in Science. The lesson and activity will help the students gain background knowledge about the life cycle of a butterfly. For the past four years, I have jumped right into the Life Cycle of a Butterfly unit without providing my students with any information on butterflies and caterpillars. As a result, I have had to teach and the students have had to learn a significant amount of information in a short period of time. During the same time, the students have also been watching their very own tiny caterpillars turn into chrysalises and then emerge as butterflies. Although this has always been an extremely exciting and informative learning experience for my students, it has also been an overwhelming experience for the students and me. I am hoping this lesson and activity will provide a foundation for the students and the information the students gain during the science unit will build upon the foundation. I chose to create information pages about each stage of the butterfly’s life cycle and an activity for the students to complete using Kidspiration. This will provide students with an engaging and exciting way to learn about the life cycle of a butterfly.

Content:
Science, Life Science, Genetics, The Life Cycle of a Butterfly

Instructional Procedures:
1) To begin, remind the students that the most popular unit for second graders is coming up soon, and the unit is the Life Cycle of a Butterfly.

2) Tell students that today they will be beginning to learn about the life cycle of a butterfly, in order to get ready for the upcoming science unit.

3) Tell students that today is the beginning of a wonderful learning experience they will have with butterflies.

4) Explain to students that they will be working individually in the computer lab and will use the Kidspiration program to learn about the life cycle of a butterfly.

5) Now, it is time to bring the students into the computer lab.

6) While the students are logging in, you should be setting up your computer and the LCD projector. The LCD projector will be used to show students how to navigate to the WebQuest link in my Electronic Portfolio. From the WebQuest link, the students will be able to save the information pages and activity onto their computer, as long as the computer has Kidspiration on it.

7) When each student has logged onto a computer and is ready to begin, hand each student a sheet with my Electronic Portfolio website address on it and the student instructions sheet. Then tell the students to pay careful attention to how they can access the Kidspiration pages and activity. Tell the students to follow along with you and take the same steps are taking. If they get lost they should refer back to the student instructions sheet and then raise their hands, if needed.

8) Now the students should be shown how to navigate to my Electronic Portfolio and then the WebQuest link. On the WebQuest page, show the students how to save each of the Kidspiration files onto their computer.

9) Walk around to help any students who are having difficulty. When all the students have saved the files, go over the directions with the students.

10) Tell students that they should first read each of the four pages about a stage in the life cycle of a butterfly. They should read the egg page, the caterpillar page, the chrysalis page, and then the butterfly page. The students should use the information pages to help them complete the life cycle activity.

11) Tell students to carefully check over their answers and spelling when they are finished. After they have done that, they should print the activity page they just completed.

12) Explain to students how the computer can read any sections they have difficulty with to them. Show the students how they can left click on the ear and then right or left click on the section of words they are having difficulty with and let them hear the computer read the section aloud. Remind the students to wear headphones when listening to the computer.

13) Answer any questions the students may have and then let the students begin working. While the students are working, walk around to monitor the students and answer any questions they may have.

14) At the end of the lesson, ask the students to share one fact they learned about the life cycle of a butterfly with a partner. Afterwards, call on several students to share the facts.

Evaluation Procedures:
I will use the completed Life Cycle of a Butterfly activity sheets to assess the students’ understanding of the life cycle of a butterfly. This activity will show me whether the students know the correct order of the stages in the life cycle of a butterfly, and if they can correctly identify eggs, a caterpillar, a chrysalis, and a butterfly. In addition, the activity will allow me to see if students are able to identify three facts about the stages of a butterfly’s life cycle.

Materials:
o Computers with the Kidspiration program (class set)
o Headphones (class set)
o LCD projector
o Sheet with Electronic Portfolio address (class set)
o Student Instructions sheet (class set)

References:

School Improvement in Maryland. MSDE. (2008). Retrieved June 27, 2008, from http://mdk12.org/instruction/curriculum/index.html

Student Instructions

How to Navigate to the Electronic Portfolio and Save the Kidspiration Files

1) Go to the internet browser on the computer and double-click on it with the left side of the mouse.

2) Go to the address bar at the top of the webpage. Highlight the website by left-clicking at the very end (right side) of the website address and then dragging the mouse all the way to the left hand side until you reach the end of the website address. Then press backspace to erase the website address.

3) Now type in the Electronic Portfolio address on the small sheet of paper. Be extremely careful while typing and check to make sure you typed in the address correctly. After typing in the address, press Enter. This should bring you to the Electronic Portfolio website.

4) When you are at the website, you will see a small table on the left side of the page. Find the link that says WebQuest and double-click on it with the left side of your mouse. This should bring you to the WebQuest page.

5) Now, look on the left side of the page for the small table. This table has the links for the pages you will need today.

6) You will need to download each of the 5 pages onto your computer. To download the egg page, simply left click on link. Then left click on save file.

7) Now you will be able to see the egg page icon on the right side of the computer screen. To open the file, double-click on the icon with the left side of the mouse.

8) Follow the process written above to save the other four pages on the computer. The pages will be saved on the desktop of the computer.

9) To open the pages, double click on the left side of the mouse.

How to View and Read the Information Pages
1) Now that you have opened the pages, you can begin reading them and looking at the wonderful pictures on each page.

2) To scroll up and down the page, simply use the mouse to move the scroll bar on the edge of the right side up and down.

3) If you have trouble reading some of the information, the computer can read it for you. All you have to do is left click on the ear located on the task bar at the top of the page.

4) Next, right or left click on the section of words you are having difficulty with and the computer will read the section aloud. Please wear headphones when listening to the computer.

5) When you don’t need the computer to read anymore, just click on the ear again to turn the option off.

How to Complete the Life Cycle of a Butterfly Activity

1) With the Kidspiration pages, you can use your mouse to move the scroll bar to the left or right, if you cannot view the entire page.

2) To complete the first activity on placing the stages of the butterfly’s life cycle in order, left click on the picture you want and use the mouse to move the picture to the correct stage below.

3) Make sure you do not let go of the left side of the mouse. Follow the same steps with each of the pictures.

4) For the next part of the activity, you will be identifying each stage of the butterfly’s life cycle using the word bank. To select a word from the word bank, click on the word with the left side of the mouse and keep your finger on the left side of the mouse. Then use the mouse to move the word into the label box where it belongs.

5) Follow the same steps for each of the words.

6) Now it is time to complete the final part of the activity, which requires you to identify at least three facts for each stage of the butterfly’s life cycle. To begin writing, place your cursor arrow anywhere inside of the text box located next to each picture.

7) Then double click on the left side of your mouse. Now, the box should turn white and you should see a blinking line in the box.

8) You can now begin typing your facts. If you want to change the font size, go to the task bar at the bottom of the page and use the arrows to make the font smaller or larger.

9) If you make mistakes and need to make changes in your writing, simply move your cursor arrow inside the text box and double click on the left side of your mouse. Now, the box should turn white and you should see a blinking line in the box. You can make changes to your writing at this time.

10) Once you have filled in all the information, you should use your mouse to move the scroll bar to the top of the page.

11) Then, right or left click on a blank space at the top with your mouse. Now, look on the left side of the page for the dotted rectangle with a capital A inside and left click on the symbol.

12) This is where you will write your full name and the date. Left or right click inside of the box and type your full name. Then press enter and type the date.

13) You are almost finished; all you have to do now is print your completed activity. To print, left click on the file icon in the upper left-hand corner of the page.

14) Next, use your mouse to move down to print. Left click on print and make sure the printer is set to the printer in the computer lab.

15) Lastly, press ok on the bottom of the box and go to the printer to pick up your activity. I will collect the activities when the lesson is over.

16) I hope you had fun learning about the life cycle of a butterfly!

Student Instructions

How to Navigate to the Electronic Portfolio and Save the Kidspiration Files

1) Go to the internet browser on the computer and double-click on it with the left side of the mouse.

2) Go to the address bar at the top of the webpage. Highlight the website by left-clicking at the very end (right side) of the website address and then dragging the mouse all the way to the left hand side until you reach the end of the website address. Then press backspace to erase the website address.

3) Now type in the Electronic Portfolio address on the small sheet of paper. Be extremely careful while typing and check to make sure you typed in the address correctly. After typing in the address, press Enter. This should bring you to the Electronic Portfolio website.

4) When you are at the website, you will see a small table on the left side of the page. Find the link that says WebQuest and double-click on it with the left side of your mouse. This should bring you to the WebQuest page.

5) Now, look on the left side of the page for the small table. This table has the links for the pages you will need today.

6) You will need to download each of the 5 pages onto your computer. To download the egg page, simply left click on link. Then left click on save file.

7) Now you will be able to see the egg page icon on the right side of the computer screen. To open the file, double-click on the icon with the left side of the mouse.

8) Follow the process written above to save the other four pages on the computer. The pages will be saved on the desktop of the computer.

9) To open the pages, double click on the left side of the mouse.

How to View and Read the Information Pages
1) Now that you have opened the pages, you can begin reading them and looking at the wonderful pictures on each page.

2) To scroll up and down the page, simply use the mouse to move the scroll bar on the edge of the right side up and down.

3) If you have trouble reading some of the information, the computer can read it for you. All you have to do is left click on the ear located on the task bar at the top of the page.

4) Next, right or left click on the section of words you are having difficulty with and the computer will read the section aloud. Please wear headphones when listening to the computer.

5) When you don’t need the computer to read anymore, just click on the ear again to turn the option off.

How to Complete the Life Cycle of a Butterfly Activity

1) With the Kidspiration pages, you can use your mouse to move the scroll bar to the left or right, if you cannot view the entire page.

2) To complete the first activity on placing the stages of the butterfly’s life cycle in order, left click on the picture you want and use the mouse to move the picture to the correct stage below.

3) Make sure you do not let go of the left side of the mouse. Follow the same steps with each of the pictures.

4) For the next part of the activity, you will be identifying each stage of the butterfly’s life cycle using the word bank. To select a word from the word bank, click on the word with the left side of the mouse and keep your finger on the left side of the mouse. Then use the mouse to move the word into the label box where it belongs.

5) Follow the same steps for each of the words.

6) Now it is time to complete the final part of the activity, which requires you to identify at least three facts for each stage of the butterfly’s life cycle. To begin writing, place your cursor arrow anywhere inside of the text box located next to each picture.

7) Then double click on the left side of your mouse. Now, the box should turn white and you should see a blinking line in the box.

8) You can now begin typing your facts. If you want to change the font size, go to the task bar at the bottom of the page and use the arrows to make the font smaller or larger.

9) If you make mistakes and need to make changes in your writing, simply move your cursor arrow inside the text box and double click on the left side of your mouse. Now, the box should turn white and you should see a blinking line in the box. You can make changes to your writing at this time.

10) Once you have filled in all the information, you should use your mouse to move the scroll bar to the top of the page.

11) Then, right or left click on a blank space at the top with your mouse. Now, look on the left side of the page for the dotted rectangle with a capital A inside and left click on the symbol.

12) This is where you will write your full name and the date. Left or right click inside of the box and type your full name. Then press enter and type the date.

13) You are almost finished; all you have to do now is print your completed activity. To print, left click on the file icon in the upper left-hand corner of the page.

14) Next, use your mouse to move down to print. Left click on print and make sure the printer is set to the printer in the computer lab.

15) Lastly, press ok on the bottom of the box and go to the printer to pick up your activity. I will collect the activities when the lesson is over.

16) I hope you had fun learning about the life cycle of a butterfly!

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