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The Butterfly

Héliadore (Illustrator)
Moonlight 2012. 36 pages
First published: 2012
Series: My First Discoveries
ISBN: 9781851034048 (hardcover)
Original language: French
Book type: Non-Fiction

Text Elements:

structures and features

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

Using clear and simple sentences, this pretty board book is a treasure trove of basic information about butterflies and moths. The language discusses the insects’ anatomy, habits and life cycle in a manner sure to connect with young readers: “Guess which part of their body is covered with tiny coloured scales;” “There’s a butterfly hiding from enemy eyes. Can you see it?”

Vivid, detailed illustrations realistically portray these beautiful creatures and their settings. Readers will love the transparent plastic pages that allow the butterflies to flit from one side of the book to the other, looking for nectar on an adjacent flower or landing on a leaf beside a potential mate. This sturdy board book with a ring binding will survive heavy use.

A fun craft at the end shows readers how to make their own paper chain of butterflies to colour and decorate. Important last words caution readers: “Don’t try to catch butterflies! Just look at them as they fly by. . . .”

  •  With a partner, discuss what you know about butterflies. Share your thinking with the group.
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    As you read, add new vocabulary to a class glossary of butterfly terms. Include illustrations or diagrams.

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    Follow the instructions at the back to make a butterfly paper chain. Add one butterfly fact to each wing.

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    Alone or with a partner, write an acrostic poem about butterflies. Browse the book for word ideas.

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    Discuss what you know about butterflies and start a KWL chart. Add to the chart as the book is read.

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    Compare this book with The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. With two colours of sticky notes, identify what is fiction and what is not. Discuss and show your findings in a graphic organizer.

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    If you were a butterfly, what would you like to do? What colours would you be? Create your own butterfly using information from the text. Add a fact card to explain its features.

  • To communicate appropriately
  • To cooperate with others
  • To use information
  • Environmental Awareness and Consumer Rights and Responsibilities
  • Science and Technology