National Wildlife Federation: Butterfly Life Cycle

Students identify life cycle stages of butterflies. Older students learn threats facing the endangered Karner blue butterfly at each stage in its life cycle.

Learning Objectives
Students will be able to:
 Identify the stages in a butterfly’s life cycle.
 Discuss some of the habitat requirements of butterflies in their area and look for ways to provide them.
 Name several factors that make the Karner blue butterfly susceptible to endangerment at each stage in its life cycle (Grades 3-4).

Grade Levels: K-2; 3-4
Time: 45 minutes – 1 hour
Subjects: history, science, art
Skills: construction, synthesis


Science Topics
Butterflies & Moths
K-6, Educator
Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade
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