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The Life Cycle of Caterpillars By: Julia Peterson Menu Hypothesis Life Cycle Activities Assessment Video Clip Bibliography Hypothesis A hypothesis is an educated guess about something.

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The Life Cycle of Caterpillars

By: Julia Peterson

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Life Cycle



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A hypothesis is an educated guess about something.

I want you to make a hypothesis about what will happen to the caterpillars in our science center.

Write or draw your hypothesis on a piece of paper in your notebook and save it for the end of this activity.

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Life Cycle

Caterpillars go through many changes in their lives.

There are 4 stagesthat the caterpillar goes through.

The names of the stages are the egg, the caterpillar, the chrysalis, and the butterfly.

Click on the picture to see real pictures of these stages.

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The first stage is the egg stage.

The caterpillar starts it’s life as an egg.

The eggs are laid on a leaf which will later serve as food for the caterpillar.

Caterpillar eggs are many differentcolors and shapes.

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The second stage is a caterpillar.

Caterpillars are in this stage for 2 weeks to 1 month.

During this stage caterpillarseat constantly and grow very quickly.

Caterpillars eat leaves off of flowering plants and trees.

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The third stage is the chrysalis stage.

The chrysalis stage lasts anywhere from a few days to many months.

The caterpillar doesn’t eat during this stage.

During this time the caterpillar goes through changes called metamorphosis.

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The final stage is the butterfly.


When the caterpillar emerges from the chrysalis, it is an adult butterfly.

Butterflies can only eat liquids through their straw-like mouth called a proboscis.

Some butterflies live for a few days while others live for a few months.

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Class Activity

Pick a partner that you would like to be with for the following activity.

After you observe each stage that the caterpillars in our classroom went through, please draw the stages on a chart in your notebook.

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Now that you know a little bit about caterpillars I want one partner to observe the caterpillars in the science center. I want you to take notes (either writing or drawing them) in your notebook.

I want the other partner to explore the internet and books in the classroom and find interesting information about caterpillars. Please write or draw at least 10 similarities and differences from the caterpillars in the book to the ones in our classroom.

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Activities partner to

Here are some activities and games that you can use to help you learn about the caterpillars life cycle.


Coloring pages:


You can print off the coloring pages and the butterfly stages and color or paint them.



Put the stages in order


Butterfly Fun

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Assessment partner to

With your partner find one other group to work with.

Discuss the life cycle of the caterpillar.

Then Individually print out the next slide and put the steps of the caterpillar’s life in order.

When you are done, compare it with your partner and then put it in your notebook and save it.

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Put these in order partner to

Click here after you have completed this assessment to check your work.

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Life Cycle Answer partner to

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Video Clip partner to

Click the picture to view

Then click on Don’t Tell Me 56K Real Video

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Bibliography partner to

The Little Golden Book Encyclopedia

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The End!! partner to