Like all animals, butterflies and insects have unique life cycles. They are born, they grow, and they will eventually die. What are the similarities and differences between the life cycles of butterflies and other organisms? We will explore that question in this lesson.
I can describe the similarities and differences between butterfly and other animal life cycles.
Butterfly Life Cycle Model
View the Butterfly Life Cycle Model with students. Have them label where they think these five stages of a life cycle should go:
The Salmon Life Cycle
Have students watch the video and then describe the four stages of the salmon life cycle. Have students compare this life cycle to that of butterflies and other animals. What do they all have in common? What’s different about them?
Different Life Cycles
Analyze the life cycles of the four organisms shown in the images. Have students identify the patterns that all of these species have in common regarding their life cycles
Have students debate which two organisms (of the four shown) they think have the most similar life cycles.
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