Butterfly Maths Investigation Worksheets
Lesson Plan: A Butterfly Investigation
Age group: Year 2
Subject area: Maths Key Stage 1
Curriculum objectives: Ma2 1a,1b,1d,1f,1g,5a,5b
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Pupils should learn:
- To describe patterns and relationships.
- To work through a problem in a logical way.
Pupils will be able to
- Present the results in an organised way.
- Children will be able to explain what they did and describe the patterns they see.
- Copies of the Butterfly problem
- 3 enlarged Butterflies
- Colouring pencils red, green, yellow and black
- Show the children 3 enlarged outlines of a Butterfly with the titles green body, red body and yellow body at the top.
- Explain to the children that you have 3 colours. Red, yellow and green only.
- Emphasise the fact you already know what colour the body is going to be because it says at the top.
- On each butterfly use one colour for all of the spots and another colour for all four wings
- Each colour can only be used once on a butterfly
- Ask the children to give you some ideas and colour the part they suggest.
- Tell the children that you have a challenge for them and that there are a lot of other ways that the Butterfly can be coloured – can they find them?
- How many different ways did the children find?
- Look at some of the completed sheets, did the children see any patterns when they were doing the activity?
- Did anyone have a special way that made the colouring easier?
Live Butterfly Kits are available from www.SpottyGreenFrog.co.uk. Click on the link to view.
- Choose 5, 10 or 33 caterpillars for classroom use.
- Buy the set one year and in subsequent years buy refill caterpillar vouchers
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Can the children use four colours to complete the Butterfly?
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