Third graders at Winthrop Avenue School studied the lifecycle and body parts of the butterfly as part of their science curriculum. During the unit, the students received the characteristics that classify the butterflies as insects, learned important vocabulary terms, and worked to identify and discuss the functions of various body parts, including the exoskeleton, compound eye, and wings.
Additionally, the students had the opportunity to watch a caterpillar become a butterfly. The third graders observed the caterpillars forming their chrysalises and then made notes on when they would emerge as adult butterflies. Once they hatched, the students released the butterflies outside.