Going Buggy!
Butterflies & Caterpillars

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Butterflies & Caterpillars


The Life of a Butterfly
(Tune:  Skip to My Lou)

I'm a caterpillar, wiggle with me,
I'm a caterpillar, wiggle with me,
I'm a caterpillar, wiggle with me,
What'll I be my darlin'?

A chrysalis, now sleep like me,
A chrysalis, now sleep like me,
A chrysalis, now sleep like me,
What'll I be my darlin'?

A butterfly, come fly with me,
A butterfly, come fly with me,
A butterfly, come fly with me,
What'll I be my darlin'?

Now all together, let's do all three!
A caterpillar, a chrysalis, a butterfly, three!
Move your body like this with me,
The life of a butterfly, darlin'!

The Fuzzy Caterpillar
(Tune:  Itsy Bitsy Spider)

The fuzzy caterpillar
Curled up on a leaf,
Spun her little chrysalis
And then fell fast asleep.
While she was sleeping
She dreamed that she could fly,
And later when she woke up
She was a butterfly!

The Caterpillar

Fuzzy little caterpillar
Crawling, crawling, on the ground.
Fuzzy little caterpillar
Nowhere, nowhere to be found.
Though we've looked and looked
And hunted everywhere around!

When the little caterpillar
Found his furry coat too tight,
Then a snug cocoon he made him
Spun of silk so soft and light.
Rolled himself away within it --
Slept there day and night.

by Mary Dawson
(Tune:  Itsy Bitsy Spider)

Creepy crawly caterpillar
Looping up and down,
Furry tufts of hair along
Your back of golden brown.

You will soon be wrapped in silk,
Asleep for many a day;
And then, a handsome butterfly,
You'll stretch and fly away.

The Caterpillar
by Christina Georgina Rosetti

Brown and furry
Caterpillar in a hurry;
Take your walk
To the shady leaf or stalk.

May no toad spy you,
May the little birds pass by you;
Spin and die,
To live again a butterfly.

The Butterfly Song
(Tune:  Up on the Housetop)

First comes a butterfly and lays an egg.
Out comes a caterpillar with many legs.
Oh see the caterpillar spin and spin,
A little chrysalis to sleep in.

Oh, oh ,oh wait and see!
Oh, oh, oh wait and see!
Out of the chrysalis, my oh my,
Out comes a beautiful butterfly!

* scroll down for more songs, poems, activities, and links *


Hide A Butterfly ~ Teacher's Guide
An integrated GEMS unit for young children
Great Explorations in Math and Science
The Lawrence Hall of Science at the University of California, Berkeley
Under $8

The publisher says:  "Paper butterflies and bird puppets help children learn about protective coloration. The class creates a mural of a blossoming meadow and enacts the drama of "The Butterfly Play." Skills developed include: observing, communicating, comparing, matching, role-playing and using scissors.  Time: Three 20- to 60-minute sessions.  Highly recommended!

How to Hide a Butterfly & Other Insects
Under $3

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Board Book
Stands up to little hands ~ great in a center!
Under $7

The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Hardcover Edition ~ 30% off publisher's price

The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Book with Plush Caterpillar Toy
30% off publisher's price

Monarch Butterfly
the life cycle of the Monarch
in an easy-to-understand format
Under $6

The Butterfly Alphabet Book
another outstanding alphabet book from Jerry Palotta
author of The Icky Bug Alphabet Book, The Icky Bug Counting Book,
and The Flower Alphabet Book
Under $6

The Butterfly Book
A Kid's Guide to Attracting,
Raising, and Keeping Butterflies
Under $7

Monarch Magic!
Butterfly Activities and Nature Discoveries
dozens of activities for all ages

From Caterpillar to Butterfly ~ Let's Read and Find Books
perfect for emergent readers!
Under $4

Butterfly Story
the life cycle of the Red Admiral butterfly

The Caterpillar and the Polliwog
One of my favorite read-alouds,
about a polliwog who thinks he'll change into a butterfly!
Under $5

Amazing Butterflies and Moths
Eyewitness Juniors Series
gorgeous photography!

I Wish I Were A Butterfly
A wise spider helps a sad cricket realize
that he's special in his own way
Under $6

A New Butterfly ~ My First Look at Metamorphosis
A Lift the Flap book for beginning readers
Under $5

The Magic School Bus ~ Butterfly and the Bog Beast
A Book About Butterfly Camouflage

Butterflies, Bugs, and Worms
Young Discoverers Biology Facts & Experiments Series
Under $6

Pet Bugs
A Kid's Guide to Catching & Keeping Touchable Insects
a great resource book!

More Pet Bugs
A Kid's Guide to Catching & Keeping Insects
And Other Small Creatures

Fuzzy Caterpillar

Fuzzy, wuzzy, creepy, crawly
caterpillar, funny.
You will be a butterfly
When the days are sunny.

Caterpillar, Caterpillar

Caterpillar, caterpillar,
where will you go?
Up and down the branches,
to where the flowers grow.

Caterpillar, caterpillar,
what will you do?
I'll spin my cocoon
and then rest, too.

Caterpillar, caterpillar,
why, why, why?
Because you see I'm going to be
a lovely butterfly!

Butterfly Cycle
(Tune: Row, Row, Row Your Boat)

 Hatch, hatch little egg,
 I'm so very small.
 Teeny tiny caterpillar,
 You can't see me at all.

 Crawl, caterpillar, crawl,
 Munching on a leaf.
 Crawling, munching, crawling, munching,
 Eat and eat and eat.

 Form, form chrysalis,
 I'm a different shape;
 Hanging by a silken thread
 Until I can escape.

 Rest, rest, chrysalis
 While I change inside;
 Now at last my time has come
 To be a butterfly.

 Stretch, stretch, pretty wings,
 It's a special day;
 Soon they will be strong enough
 For me to fly away.

 Fly, fly, butterfly,
 Fly from flower to tree;
 Find a place to lay my eggs
 So they can grow like me.

      © Suzy Gazlay

  Butterfly Links

The Butterfly Website
          an outstanding site with lots of links

The Blake School Monarch Butterfly Project
            excellent classroom site that includes QuickTime movies
          of butterfly life cycle and Monarch Math Stories

Crawly Caterpillars
      a wonderfully detailed K-1 lesson from the Utah Dept. of Education

Butterfly Symmetry
          explore symmentry, patterns in nature, and life cycles
        a 2nd grade lesson from the Utah Dept. of Education

         a 2nd grade lesson comparing changes and adaptations
          of plants and animals

ZOOM Butterflies

The Butterfly Lady

International Federation of Butterfly Enthusiasts

Anphog's Wild World of Photography
              beautiful butterfly photos

Food to Grow On
        butterfly science lesson emphasizing nutrition
         University of Arizona
Being Safe While Growing Up
          science lesson on moths that spin cocoons
      emphasizing self-protection, self worth, & emotional health
      University of Arizona

The Bug Club Pen Pals Page

Entomology for Beginners
       interactive site about insect anatomy and metamorphosis

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