Weekly Reader Connections

Teacher Guide: Lesson 15.4

The Weekly Reader Connections feature on Kids' Place Houghton Mifflin Math provides children with additional practice of the skills taught in the Curriculum Connection feature in their student books.

The “Egg to Caterpillar to Butterfly” activity asks children to use the text to put pictures portraying the complete metamorphosis of the butterfly in order, from the first to the fourth stages. The pictures show the changes from egg to caterpillar to chrysalis to butterfly.

Explain that as the caterpillar eats and becomes bigger, it must shed its skin, or molt, four or five times, much as a snake does. When the caterpillar stops eating, it attaches itself to a branch and spins a cocoon, or forms a chrysalis, around itself. Inside the cocoon, the caterpillar changes over time. Finally, a butterfly emerges, hanging down from the cocoon for perhaps a half hour until its wings dry. Then the butterfly takes flight.

Houghton Mifflin Math Grade 1