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Lesson Plan: Life Cycle (Writing - Grade K)

Subject:  Writing

Grade: K

Lesson Objective: To write an informational piece about the cycle of a butterfly

Common Core StandardCCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.K.2- Use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to compose informative/explanatory texts in which they name what they are writing about and supply some information about the topic.




  • Do you like to talk about the things that you learn?  (Allow the students to answer.)



  • Talking about things that you have learned is a lot of fun.  It is also a good way to teach someone about something.
  • You should always start by telling the person what you will be telling them about.  For example, if I learned something about monkeys that I want to share, I would start by saying, “I just learned something cool about monkeys.”
  • You can then share what you learned.  It is always a good idea to share as many details as you can.
  • Did you know that you can do the same thing when you write? 
  • Writing about something that you learned is as easy as talking to someone about it.
  • You always start with the topic.  You should then include a few details.
  • Today, you are going to be writing about the life cycle of a butterfly.  You are going to think about what you learned about a butterfly’s life cycle and then you will write a few words describing the life cycle.
  • What are some words that you can think of?  (Allow the students to answer.)
  • You could write about the eggs, the caterpillar, the chrysalis or the butterfly.  You should also draw a picture showing what you are writing about.
  • For example, A butterfly comes out of a chrysalis.  I would then draw a picture of a chrysalis and a butterfly.
  • Does anyone have any questions?



  • Who would like to share what you wrote?  (Allow the students to share.)

Related lessons:

Life-cycle - Writing (Gr K)

Life-cycle - Science (Gr K)

Life-cycle - Reading (Gr K)

Life-cycle - Math (Gr K)

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Written by Kimberly Greacen, Education World® Contributing Writer

Kimberly is an educator with extensive experience in curriculum writing and developing instructional materials to align with Common Core State Standards and Bloom's Taxonomy.

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