Butterfly Center

Instructor’s Name:
SOL: Science:

Objective: The child will learn 5 facts about the Painted Lady Butterfly. The child will demonstrate his or her knowledge on a poster of the Butterfly Life Cycle with 100% accuracy.

Affective: The child will demonstrate the capacity to work cooperatively in a group setting.

Psychomotor: The child will paint, draw, write, type, and crouch and observe the live butterflies. The child will also move to different centers within the classroom.


  • Computer with butterfly fact page pre-loaded
  • Live butterfly habitat with butterflies
  • Red, yellow, green, and blue paint w/ matching paint brushes
  • Loose leaf paper
  • Poster board
  • Markers
  • Pencils
  • Butterfly center printout (1 for each group)

A suggestion: Several timers or clocks placed around the classroom help children manage their time as they complete centers. A child who acts as the time-keeper in each group can be responsible for keeping the group on task and well-paced. Children are easily wrapped up in what they are doing in a hands-on lesson, and they neglect to watch the clock. The worst thing to hear is, “But we’re not finished!” when it is time for students to move.

Procedure: The teacher will introduce each of the five centers. The teacher will then hand out a center direction sheet to each group. The teacher will make it a strong point to tell the children what is expected of them as they work in groups. Respect is the biggest concern. No one’s idea should be dismissed. Everyone needs to listen respectfully. Also, instead of using water to clean individual paint brushes during a lesson, it is a good idea to have a red paintbrush in the red paint, blue in the blue paint, etc. This saves time and fewer spills result. The teacher will give the first center guide to the team who has their desks pushed together and cleared off first. No one may work ahead. The teacher will constantly walk around and monitor the students. The teacher will encourage positive group attitudes and respectful behavior.