The Life Cycle of a Butterfly

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Crabtree Publishing Company, 2002 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 32 pages
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A monarch born in the fall has two major challenges! In addition to metamorphosis, these butterflies fly 4,000 miles on a two-way migration trek! The Life Cycle of a Butterfly explains butterfly metamorphosis and migration in simple terms. The text is beautifully illustrated with photographs and art, making this book a joy to read. Topics include:

* where butterflies lay their eggs

* the eating machine caterpillar

* the transformation from pupa to chrysalis to butterfly

* monarch migration

* butterfly facts and activity suggestions

* how to protect butterflies

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I found the book, The Life Cycle of a Butterfly, to be a very intriguing book for young children. It contains a lot of detail, and children will likely pay more attention because of the vibrant colors. In regards to The Next Generation Science Standards for K-5, Scientists and science teachers agree that science is a way of explaining the natural world. This specific book presents perspectives, a rationale and research supporting an emphasis on the nature of science in the context of the NGSS. In this case, the nature of the life cycle of a butterfly. The accuracy of the science presented in this book is very up to date. There isn't much change science can make to the life cycle of a butterfly. An educator might be able to use this book to teach a life-science concept in the classroom by presenting the students with an activity that will help them realize the life cycle of a butterfly is just as similar as any other life cycle. The concept of a life cycle can branch in many directions, so as an education I hope to relate the same idea to my students.  


Beautiful butterflies
What is a butterfly?
What is a life cycle?
The magnificent monarch
Hungry caterpillars
Too big for its skin
Taking a walk
Amazing change
A completely new look
Male and female
Flying south
Monarchs in danger
Welcome butterflies
Raise a monarch
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Bobbie Kalman was born in Hungary in 1947. She escaped with her family to Austria during the Hungarian Revolution in 1956. The family spent several weeks there as refugees before immigrating to North America. Her book, Refugee Child, is based on this account. She has degrees in English, psychology and education, and has taught at both the elementary and secondary level. She has also worked as an educational assistant for several publishing companies. She is the author and publisher of over 800 books for children. Her books are sought after because she writes within specific curriculum needs, making the titles very popular in schools and public libraries. Her works include The Early Settler Life series, The Historic Communities series, The Native Nations of North America series, The Lands, Peoples, and Cultures series, and The Science of Living Things series.

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