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All Butterfly Activities :

Butterfly Crafts:
Styrofoam+Drinking Straw Puppets


Make adorable puppets from styrofoam trays and drinking straws.
HANDPRINT BUTTERFLY


Make paper butterflies from handprint cut-outs.
BUTTERFLY LIFE CYCLE MOBILE

A butterfly life cycle mobile made from construction paper and a paper plate.
BUTTERFLY MOBILE

A butterfly mobile made from construction paper, twigs, and thread.
PAPER PLATE BUTTERFLY PUPPET


A butterfly puppet made from two paper plates.
BUTTERFLY CARD

A great butterfly card.
BALANCING BUTTERFLY


A thin cardboard butterfly that balances on its head, seeming to defy the laws of gravity.
BUTTERFLY CALENDAR TO PRINT


A butterfly and moth calendar you can print out and color.
BUTTERFLY COLORING BOOK


A butterfly and caterpillar book you can print out and color.
PAPER CHAIN CATERPILLAR


Make a cute caterpillar from a paper chain - it can be a great puppet.
ORIGAMI BUTTERFLY


A simple-to-make origami butterfly made by folding a piece of paper.
BUTTERFLY WAND


Make a butterfly wand with a popsicle stick, a pipe cleaner and a coffee filter.
BUTTERFLY WINDOW HANGING


Make a butterfly window hanging using waxed paper, crayon shavings, and an iron.
EGG CARTON CATERPILLAR

Make caterpillars from egg cartons and pipe cleaners.
LIANA RAINFOREST VINE STRING DECORATION


Make a liana tropical vine for a room decoration.

Butterfly Books to Print:
BUTTERFLY COLORING BOOK


A butterfly and caterpillar book you can print out and color.


(Painted Lady) Butterfly Life Cycle Book
A Printable Activity Book

A short, printable activity book on the life cycle of the painted lady butterfly for fluent readers (with tabs).


Butterfly Life Cycle

A short printable shape book for early readers about the life cycle of a butterfly, with pages on the egg, caterpillar, pupa (chrysalis), and adult.


This Butterfly...

A short printable book for early readers about colors. The pages are: This butterfly is blue, yellow, red, pink, purple, orange, green, brown, gray, stripes, and dots.

Butterfly Information Site and a Calendar:


Zoom Butterflies

Information, an illustrated butterfly dictionary, activities, and more.
BUTTERFLIES: A CALENDAR TO PRINT


Butterflies and moths for the entire year.


Fact or Opinion? Butterfly

Determine if the statements are facts or opinions. A fact is supported by evidence and can be proven; an opinion is how you feel about something and is open to debate. Or go to the answers. Or go to a pdf of the worksheet and answers (subscribers only).

Butterfly Coloring and Drawing Worksheets:
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Trace or Cut Out the Butterfly

Use a pencil to trace the butterfly or cut it out with a scissors. Or go to a pdf of the worksheet (subscribers only).
Follow the Instructions

Butterflies: Follow the Instructions

Draw and color butterflies according to simple directions, such as, "Finish drawing the butterfly in the center square; color it green." Or go to the answers.
Draw and Compare

Draw and Compare Butterflies

Draw two butterflies and then answer simple questions comparing them, for example, "Which butterfly would fly better?"
Adjectives

Draw a Butterfly and Find 8 Adjectives Describing It

Draw a butterfly. Then write eight adjectives describing your butterfly and use each adjective in a sentence.

Symmetrical Butterfly Life Cycle Pictures: Finish the Drawing Worksheet

Finish each of the four drawings around the line of symmetry. The butterfly life cycle pictures are a egg, larva or caterpillar, pupa, and adult. Or go to the answers.

Symmetrical Butterfly Picture: Finish the Drawing Worksheet

Finish the drawing of the butterfly around the line of symmetry. Or go to the answer page.
Viceroy Butterfly

Butterfly Math/Color Printout : Grades 1-2

This printout involves having the students do math problems in order to color in a butterfly scene.


The Letter C

A printout on the letter C, picturing a caterpillar, cat, chicken, and clock.


The Letter M

A printout on the letter M, picturing a moth, motorcycle, mouse, and monkey.

Butterfly: Illustrated Acrostic Poem
Draw a butterfly, then write an acrostic poem about it. Start each line of your poem with the letter on that line. Or go to a pdf of the poem.

Butterfly Spelling Worksheets:
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Butterfly Wordsearch Puzzle

Find the words in the butterfly wordsearch puzzle, then use the extra letters to find the secret message. Secret Message: "Butterflies are flying insects." Or go to the answers.
Spelling words

Butterfly Word Pieces Puzzle

In this puzzle, combine pairs of word segments to make butterfly-related spelling words. Words: abdomen, adult, antennae, butterfly, caterpillar, chrysalis, eggs, insect, metamorphosis, pupate, thorax, wing. Or go to the answers.
Spelling words

Butterfly Spelling Word Questions

Use the list of butterfly spelling words to answer simple questions. Words: eggs, larva, pupa, metamorphosis, antennae, herbivores, proboscis, adult, migrate, thorax. Or go to the answers.
Alphabetical Order

Put 10 Butterfly Words in Alphabetical Order - Worksheet

Put 10 butterfly words in alphabetical order. The words are: butterfly, moth, insect, larva, caterpillar, pupate, abdomen, thorax, proboscis, herbivore. Go to the answers.
Adjectives

Draw a Butterfly and Find 8 Adjectives Describing It

Draw a butterfly. Then write eight adjectives describing your butterfly and use each adjective in a sentence.
Butterfly code

Butterfly Alphabet Code

Use the alphabet code to find the secret message about butterflies. Answer: "Butterflies undergo complete metamorphosis, going through four life stages."
Word for Each Letter

Find a Butterfly Term for Each Letter

See if you can think of and write a butterfly term that starts with each letter of the alphabet. Find bugs for as many letters as you can. Or go to a sample answer page.

Butterfly Writing Worksheets:

Butterfly: Illustrated Acrostic Poem
Draw a butterfly, then write an acrostic poem about it. Start each line of your poem with the letter on that line. Or go to a pdf of the poem.

rewrite the paragraph

Rewrite the Paragraph
about Butterflies

Rewrite the paragraph on the life cycle of the butterfly, correcting the capitalization and adding punctuation marks. Or go to the answers.
Obama code

Butterfly Alphabet Code

Use the alphabet code to find the secret message about butterflies. Answer: "Butterflies undergo complete metamorphosis, going through four life stages."
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Butterfly Poem - Poetry Prompt

Write a poem about a butterfly. The lines of the poem begin with: It sees, It hears, It feels, It understands, It moves, It needs, It likes, It flies, It eats (nothing!), and It dreams.
Butterfly: Shape Poem
shape poem

Write a poem about a butterfly inside the picture. Or go to a pdf of the poem worksheet.
Butterfly: Perimeter Poem
perimeter poem

Write a poem around the perimeter (outer edges) of the butterfly. Or go to a pdf of the poem worksheet.
cat acrostic poem

Butterfly Acrostic Poem

Write a poem about a butterfly. Start each line with a letter from the word "butterfly."
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Caterpillar Poem - Poetry Prompt

Write a poem about a caterpillar. The lines of the poem begin with: It sees, It hears, It feels, It understands, It moves, It needs, It likes, It wants, It eats, and It dreams.
Adjectives Describing A Butterfly
butterfly

Write adjectives describing a butterfly in and around the butterfly. Or go to a pdf of the worksheet.
Definitions

Write Definitions Related to Butterflies

In this worksheet, write the definition of a word, what part of speech it is, and use it in a sentence. Words: larva, pupate, chrysalis, metamorphosis, exoskeleton, proboscis, spiracle, molt, mandible, lepidopterist. Or go to the answers. Or go to a pdf of the questions and answers (subscribers only).
writing prompt

Write Ten Things About Butterflies

A one-page printable worksheet. Write ten things about butterflies (plus one thing you would like to change).


Butterfly: Fact or Opinion?

Color the picture of the butterfly, then write 5 facts and 5 opinions about butterflies. A fact is supported by evidence and can be proven; an opinion is how you feel about something and is open to debate. Or go to a pdf of the worksheet (subscribers only).

Write an Animal Report:


Simple Animal Report Worksheet

Draw the animal, then write about the animal's anatomy, diet, where it lives, and interesting facts.



Animal Report Graphic Organizers Printouts
Graphic Organizers can help students think about and list the major topics that will be researched and covered in an animal report.
Word Wheel

Animal Report Wheel

Make an animal report wheel using this 2-page print-out; it consists of a base page together with a wheel that spins around. Use the wheel to write facts about the animal, including: Scientific Name, Type of Animal, Color, Size, Diet, Enemies, Habitat, Range, Life Cycle, Life Span, Endangered?, Something Interesting. Also, draw the animal on the top of the wheel. The student then writes a paragraph on interesting features about the animal.

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Write an Animal Report
Tips and guidelines for writing a great animal report (plus a rubric to evaluate your work).

Butterfly Quizzes:
frog

Butterfly:
Printable Read-and-Answer Worksheet

A printable worksheet on butterflies, with a short text to read, an anatomy picture to label, a life cycle diagram to label, and questions to answer. Or go to the answers.
frog

California Dogface Butterfly:
Printable Read-and-Answer Worksheet

A printable worksheet on the California Dogface butterfly, with a short text to read, pictures to label, a life cycle diagram to label, and questions to answer. Or go to the answers.
Queen Alexandra's Birdwing

Online Butterfly Quiz

Answer the questions. When the answers are right, a picture of butterflies will appear on the screen.


Butterfly Scavenger Hunt

Answer 10 simple questions about butterflies by using the Little Explorers Picture Dictionary (Grade 2). Or go to the answers.
Jumping Bean Moth

Butterfly Quiz: Grades 2-3

A scavenger hunt for students in grades 2-3, using the web site Zoom Butterflies. Print out the quiz and use the web page to find the answers.
Butterfly Anatomy and Life Cycle: Cloze Activity

Fill in the blanks (using a word bank) about butterflies.
Answers


Butterfly Life Cycle Sequencing Cards

Cut out the four scenes and arrange them so they show the life cycle of the painted lady butterfly from egg to adult as it undergoes complete metamorphosis.
Butterfly Wheel

Butterfly Life Cycle Wheel

This 2-page print-out makes a word wheel; it consists of a base page together with a wheel that spins around. When you spin the wheel, the four stages in the butterfly life cycle will appear: egg, caterpillar (larva), pupa, and adult. The student then writes down the four stages in the metamorphosis of the butterfly. Answers: 1. egg, 2. caterpillar or larva, 3. pupa or chrysalis, 4. adult.
Moth Life Cycle to label

Moth Life Cycle in English

Label the egg, caterpillar, cocoon, and moth in English.
Answers
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Caterpillar Definition - Multiple Choice Comprehension Quiz

Answer 8 multiple-choice questions on the definition of caterpillar; a lesson in using a dictionary. Go to the answers.
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Pupate Definition - Multiple Choice Comprehension Quiz

Answer 8 multiple-choice questions on the definition of pupate; a lesson in using a dictionary. Go to the answers.

Butterfly Name Tags to Print:
Monarch Butterfly Nametags

Monarch Butterfly Nametag Printable (Black-and-White)

Eight monarch butterfly nametags in black-and-white on one printable page.
Monarch Butterfly Nametags

Monarch Butterfly Nametag Printable (Color)

Eight monarch butterfly nametags in color on one printable page.
Morpho Butterfly Nametags

Morpho Butterfly Nametag Printable (Black-and-White)

Eight morpho butterfly nametags in black-and-white on one printable page.
Morpho Butterfly Nametags

Morpho Butterfly Nametag Printable (Color)

Eight morpho butterfly nametags in color on one printable page.

Butterfly Printouts to Color:

Butterflies and Moths: Calendar to Print and Color


A calendar with pictures and information about various butterflies and moths.
frog

Butterfly:
Printable Read-and-Answer Worksheet

A printable worksheet on butterflies, with a short text to read, an anatomy picture to label, a life cycle diagram to label, and questions to answer. Or go to the answers.
Blue Morpho Butterfly

Blue Morpho Butterfly

A brilliant blue butterfly from rainforests of South and Central America.


Butterfly Anatomy: Label Me!

Read the definitions, then label the butterfly anatomy diagram.


Butterfly Life Cycle Label Me!

Label the development of the butterfly from egg to larva to pupa to adult.
Answers


ButterflyLife Cycle Sequencing Cards

Cut out the four scenes and arrange them so they show the life cycle of the painted lady butterfly from egg to adult as it undergoes complete metamorphosis.


Butterfly Life Cycle

A short printable shape book for early readers about the life cycle of a butterfly, with pages on the egg, caterpillar, pupa (chrysalis), and adult.
Butterfly Wheel

Butterfly Life Cycle Wheel

This 2-page print-out makes a life cycle wheel; it consists of a base page together with a wheel that spins around. When you spin the wheel, the four stages in the butterfly life cycle will appear: egg, caterpillar (larva), pupa, and adult. The student then writes down the four stages in the metamorphosis of the butterfly. Answers: 1. egg, 2. caterpillar or larva, 3. pupa or chrysalis, 4. adult.
Butterfly lifecycle to label

Butterfly Life Cycle in French

Label the egg, caterpillar, pupa, and butterfly in French.
Answers
Butterfly lifecycle to label

Butterfly Life Cycle in German

Label the egg, caterpillar, pupa, and butterfly in German.
Answers
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Butterfly Life Cycle in Italian

Label the egg, caterpillar, pupa, and butterfly in Italian.
Answers
Butterfly lifecycle to label

Butterfly Life Cycle in Spanish

Label the egg, caterpillar, pupa, and butterfly in Spanish.
Answers


Butterfly/Moth Venn Diagram

Label the Venn diagram of the similarities and differences between butterflies and moths.
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Caterpillar Anatomy

The caterpillar is the larval stage of butterflies and moths.
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Caterpillar Printout (Simple Version)

A simple printout for younger children.


Label Me! Caterpillar Anatomy Printout

Caterpillars are the larval stage of butterflies and moths.
Jumping BeanJumping Bean Moth

Jumping Bean Moth

A brown moth that spends its larval stage inside a seed pod.


Life Cycle Label Me!

Label the development of the butterfly from egg to larva to pupa to adult.
Answers
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Life Cycle: Monarch

See how a Monarch butterfly starts out as an egg, hatches into a caterpillar, becomes a pupa, then emerges as a fully-grown adult.
Painted Lady Butterfly

Life Cycle: Painted Lady Butterfly

The life cycle of this common butterfly.
Luna Moth

Luna Moth

A green moth with long hindwing tails and distinctive eyespots.
Moth Life Cycle to label

Moth Life Cycle in English

Label the egg, caterpillar, cocoon, and moth in English.
Answers
Moth Life Cycle to label

Moth Life Cycle in French

Label the egg, caterpillar, cocoon, and moth in French.
Answers
Moth Life Cycle to label

Moth Life Cycle in German

Label the egg, caterpillar, cocoon, and moth in German.
Answers
Moth Life Cycle to label

Moth Life Cycle in Italian

Label the egg, caterpillar, cocoon, and moth in Italian.
Answers
Moth Life Cycle to label

Moth Life Cycle in Spanish

Label the egg, caterpillar, cocoon, and moth in Spanish.
Answers
Oregon Silverspot Butterfly

Oregon Silverspot Butterfly

A brown and orange butterfly that lives in humid coastal salt-spray meadows and fields in the Pacific Northwest of the USA.
Painted Lady Butterfly
Painted Lady Butterfly

A very widespread and common butterfly.
Painted Lady Butterfly

Painted Lady Butterfly Life Cycle

The life cycle of this common butterfly.
Painted Lady Butterfly
Painted Lady Butterfly

(Simple version)

A very widespread and common butterfly.


(Painted Lady) Butterfly Life Cycle Book
A Printable Activity Book

A short, printable activity book on the life cycle of the painted lady butterfly for fluent readers (with tabs).
Queen Alexandra's Birdwing

Queen Alexandra's Birdwing Butterfly

Queen Alexandra's Birdwing is the biggest butterfly in the world. Its wingspan is about 1 foot (30 cm) wide.
Silkworm

Silkworm

The silkworm moth is an insect (not a worm) that produces a silken cocoon. This cocoon is harvested to make silk thread.
tiger swallowtail

Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly

The Tiger Swallowtail butterfly is a strong flier with distinctive yellow and black markings (females are sometimes brown and black).
Ulysses Butterfly

Ulysses Butterfly

The Ulysses is a spectacular swallowtail butterfly from Australia.
Viceroy Butterfly

Viceroy Butterfly

The Viceroy is an orange and black butterfly from North America.


Woolly Bear Caterpillar

Woolly Bear Caterpillars grow up to be tiger moths.


Zebra Longwing Butterfly

The Zebra Longwing is a small, black-and-yellow striped butterfly from warm areas.
Zebra Swallowtail Butterfly

Zebra Swallowtail Butterfly

The Zebra Swallowtail butterfly is a common butterfly with distinctive black and white markings.

Butterfly Terms in Other Languages
Butterfly lifecycle to label

Butterfly Life Cycle in French

Label the egg, caterpillar, pupa, and butterfly in French.
Answers
Butterfly lifecycle to label

Butterfly Life Cycle in German

Label the egg, caterpillar, pupa, and butterfly in German.
Answers
Butterfly lifecycle to label

Butterfly Life Cycle in Italian

Label the egg, caterpillar, pupa, and butterfly in Italian.
Answers
Butterfly lifecycle to label

Butterfly Life Cycle in Spanish

Label the egg, caterpillar, pupa, and butterfly in Spanish.
Answers
Moth Life Cycle to label

Moth Life Cycle in French

Label the egg, caterpillar, cocoon, and moth in French.
Answers
Moth Life Cycle to label

Moth Life Cycle in German

Label the egg, caterpillar, cocoon, and moth in German.
Answers
Moth Life Cycle to label

Moth Life Cycle in Italian

Label the egg, caterpillar, cocoon, and moth in Italian.
Answers
Moth Life Cycle to label

Moth Life Cycle in Spanish

Label the egg, caterpillar, cocoon, and moth in Spanish.
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