Goodnight Butterfly Activities for Reading Comprehension

Goodnight Butterfly is the sequel to The Little Butterfly That Could and The Very Impatient Caterpillar. This time Butterfly is trying to sleep but a porcupine wakes her up. It pairs perfectly with The Very Impatient Caterpillar and our Butterfly lifecycle journals. I just had to make some activities to go along with this story. This literature extension pack is filled with comprehension strategies that you can use and differentiate for all your learners. There are also writing and word work activities as well as a few fun math games too. Students will have fun creating the impatient butterfly craft too. There is a coloring version as well.


Goodnight Butterfly activities included:

Anchor Text:

  • “Goodnight Butterfly” by Ross Burach

Reading Strategies:

  • Predicting 3 options
  • Main Idea & Details 2 options
  • Sequencing Cut &. Paste 8 cards
  • Retelling B, M, & E 3 options
  • Text Connections 2 options
  • Author’s Purpose
  • Fiction or Non-Fiction
  • Story Mapping
  • Character Analysis 2 options
  • My Opinion
  • Questions
  • Key Events
  • Vocabulary Cut and Paste
  • Features of Fiction
  • Problem
  • Solution
  • Check for Understanding 2 options
  • Point of View
  • Character Change
  • Character Feeling
  • Message
  • True or False


  • Tally & Graph
  • Roll & Find the Sum of 2 Board Game
  • Butterfly Bingo Add 10
  • Tens or Ones Bingo

Colorful Posters

  • 6 questions on a ring
  • Main idea
  • Details/sequencing cards words only
  • Characters
  • Setting
  • Message posters
  • Problem and Solution

Butterfly Craft

“Goodnight Butterfly” Letters for Bulletin Board


  • ABC Order
  • Syllables
  • Word Search
  • Vocabulary
  • Punctuation
  • Making Words


  • List/Web Things that calm me before bedtime
  • Retell Prewriting & Writing
  • Opinion Prewriting & Writing
  • This is How I get Ready for Bed



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