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Butterflies

Butterfly

Butterflies are one of the tracks designed to engage youth in learning about their environment through the I Think Green program. This program includes four 40-60min. sessions, with hands-on science inquiry activities that are facilitated by University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners and 4-H volunteers with related subject-matter expertise.

The program is free to all classrooms and after-school groups that commit to completing all four sessions, and agree to a short post-program evaluation survey.

The butterfly track of I Think Green draws upon Scientific Inquiry with Butterflies, a 4-H curriculum developed by the University of Illinois Extension, as well as, activities from Junior Master Gardener® curriculum.

Session 1

Introductory outdoor activity involves blocking off a square foot area to observe in detail; recording and discussing the diversity of living things in that area.

Supplies provided: Each class/group given copy of book One Small Square: My Backyard, by Donald Silver; I Think Green magnifying glasses for all participants.

Session 2

Hands-on investigation of butterflies. Make an edible butterfly and create a visual model of a butterfly's life cycle.

Supplies provided: A copy of Scientific Inquiry with Butterflies curriculum and all materials needed to complete activities.

Related Illinois State Goal: 12A Know and apply concepts that explain how living things function, adapt and change

Session 3

Hands-on investigation of butterflies, continued. Create a pollinator puppet show.

Supplies provided: A copy of Scientific Inquiry with Butterflies curriculum and all materials needed to complete activities.

Related Illinois State Goal: 12Ba Know and apply concepts that describe how living things interact with each other and with their environment.

Session 4

Web of Life activity.

Supplies: Laminated I Think Green web of life cards, ball of string.

Related Illinois State Goal: 12Bb. Know and apply concepts that describe how living things interact with each other and with their environment.