Caterpillars and Butterflies Nonfiction Unit

This nonfiction unit is filled with activities to teach your students all about caterpillars and butterflies. Students will work on the reading informational text standards while they learn about the butterfly lifecycle. I love to learn about butterflies in the Spring and Summer when we order caterpillars. This unit includes a mini reader that will teach them all about caterpillars and butterflies with a matching colorful book with real photos. This real book can be projected via the digital Google link, downloaded as a PowerPoint, or shared as a pdf. You could even print it and put it in your classroom library. There are so many fun comprehension activities to complete after you read the story. You could do the included research project, make the fun butterfly craft, or complete the word work and writing activities. There are loads of goodies in this resource to become caterpillar and butterfly experts.


Included in this Caterpillars and Butterflies Nonfiction Unit:

Comprehension Activities

  • My Schema 2 options
  • 14-page mini reader copy 2 per page with table of contents, glossary, headings, and bold-faced words.
  • Learned/Questions I still have
  • Nonfiction text features hunt
  • Digging for Details 2 pages
  • Fact and Details 2 pages
  • Text Connections 2 options
  • Clarify Meaning
  • Headings
  • Table of Contents
  • Glossary
  • Caption
  • Label
  • 2 Facts I learned 2 pages
  • Wondered/Learned
  • Adaptations
  • Lifecycle cut and paste
  • Lifecycle color posters

Word Work

  • ABC Order
  • Syllables
  • Word of the Day “Metamorphosis”
  • Word Search
  • Making Words “butterflies
  • Punctuation
  • Fact vs. Opinion


Colorful Posters

  • 8 vocabulary cards with real photos-4 per page
  • Diagram Poster
  • Schema, New Learning, Questions
  • Can, Have, Are
  • KWL


  • Fill in the blank 2 pages
  • Can, have, are
  • Opinion prewriting and writing
  • Informative prewriting and writing
  • 3 Facts I learned

Butterfly Report

  • Table of Contents
  • Animal Group
  • Habitat
  • Food
  • Label 2 options
  • Lifecycle
  • Fun Facts
  • Photo Album
  • About the Author

Butterfly Craft

Letters that spell “Butterflies” 4 per page

Colorful Informative book in Google or download as PPTT to share with the class. It matches the mini-book but includes real photos.

©Megan Mitchell