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Math Lesson
for Butterfly Day
Objective:
The students will write math
equations.

Materials

Procedure

Discuss
the parts of butterflies and the numbers related to
those parts. Specifically mention the following:
 Butterflies have 6 legs like all insects
 Butterflies' wings have 4 parts, 2 in the front and
2 in the back
 Butterflies have 3 body parts  head, thorax,
abdomen
 Butterflies have 2 antennae, which they use for
touching and smelling

Discuss
with the students what is involved in writing a number
sentence. The depth of the discussion will
depend on the background knowledge of the
students.

Pass
out the Butterfly
Numbers Worksheet and the manipulatives (if
desired). Have the students complete the
worksheets individually or in pairs. The
difficulty of the number sentences will depend on the
level of the students. Older students may use
subtraction as well as addition problems.

Have
the students share their equations with the rest of
the class.

Other
Lesson Ideas

Use
the Butterfly
Web Site to find information on different types of
butterflies and their wing spans. Have the
students measure pieces of paper or string to these
widths. Label the paper (or string) with the
name of the butterfly and it's width. Arrange
the butterflies from smallest to largest.

Butterfly
wings are symmetrical. Have a lesson on
symmetry. The students may go on a hunt to find
objects which are symmetrical and objects which are asymmetrical.


