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This butterfly lapbook study covers many science concepts that are perfect for your elementary student–caterpillar diet, butterfly diet, butterfly lifecycle, pollination, butterfly defenses and predators, butterfly anatomy, moths, symmetry, and more.
Thanks to Molly Boulter for her hard work on this animal lapbook.
Butterfly Lapbook Lessons
Here are some sample lessons from the Butterfly Lapbook:
A mother butterfly will lay her eggs right on the kind of leaf they like to eat. Caterpillars eat leaves and grow quickly until they are big enough to become a butterfly.
More About Caterpillars
A newly hatched caterpillar, a larva, is tiny. Most can only crawl about three feet per minute, so they hide under leaves. Caterpillars eat and eat and eat! They spend about one month eating; they also molt (shed their skin) during this time.
Caterpillars usually have 16 legs. They don’t have nose, and they breathe through holes in their backs; these holes are called spiracles.
Butterflies like to eat nectar and rotting fruit. They use their long proboscis to sip the liquids like a straw. Lapbook Component: Butterfly Diet Flower Shape Book
Butterfly Life Span
Adult butterflies can live from a few days up to a few weeks.
Butterflies Working: Pollination
A butterfly is a hard worker. Her job is to spread pollen from flower to flower. When she lands to drink the nectar, pollen will stick to her legs and body, waiting to be carried to the next flower.
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Butterfly Lapbook Printables
In addition to the research lessons, the file includes these mini-books for your student to create a Butterfly Lapbook:
- Butterfly Life Cycle Flap Book
- Butterfly Predators Fan Book
- Butterfly Diet Flower Shape Book
- Caterpillar Diet Shape Book
- Butterfly Defenses T-book
- Butterfly Math Book
- Butterfly Observations Mini-book
- Butterfly vs. Moth Venn Diagram Book
- Types of Butterflies Flap Books
- Butterfly Diagram
- Caterpillar Anatomy
- And more!
Butterfly Book List
As you work through the lessons, read some of these great butterfly books with your student.
- Monarch Butterfly by Gail Gibbons
- From Caterpillar to Butterfly by Deborah Heiligman
- How to Raise Monarch Butterflies: A Step-by-Step Guide for Kids by Carol Pasternak
- The Girl Who Drew Butterflies: How Maria Merian’s Art Changed Science by Joyce Sidman
- Butterflies for Kids: A Junior Scientist’s Guide to the Butterfly Life Cycle and Beautiful Species to Discover
- A Butterfly is Patient by Dianna Aston
- Caterpillars, Bugs and Butterflies: Take-Along Guide by Mel Boring
Butterfly Lapbook Sample
Here is a sample Butterfly Lapbook. This sample uses two file folders.
How to Get Started with Your Free Butterfly Lapbook
Follow these simple instructions to get started with the Butterfly Lapbook.
- If you want, go to your local library and check out books about butterflies and moths.
- Print the Butterfly Lapbook.
- Choose and prepare the mini-books you want to use with your student.
- Enjoy a week of reading and learning all about wonderful butterflies!