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This project based learning unit focuses on butterflies and
caterpillars. This is a lesson plan that will guide you through the
process of using biomimicry and steam activities to inspire students to
ask questions, study butterflies and caterpillars, and use creative
thinking to explore ideas.

These activities are fun and engaging. And great brain workout!

This
topic also provides an opportunity to bring the learning outdoors –
observing, listening and smelling are vital factors to build a
foundation upon which ideas inspired by nature can be explored.

1. Why Teach Biomimicry?

2. Getting Started Guide

3. How to Observe and Collect Information about Caterpillars and Butterflies

4. What we know and what we want to know

5. Make a list of things that caterpillars can do.

6. Things I Love about Caterpillars

7. Caterpillar shape poem

8. Gallery of Bristles and Spines & Heads with Horns

9. Use “random” words to invent and design things

10. Imagination design challenge

11. Design challenge – hard & soft

12. Word Caterpillar

13. Design word challenge

14. Fake eyes

15. What if you could measure a crooked line?

16. Design task – saddleback caterpillar

17. Describe a butterfly

18. I love butterflies

19. Draw butterfly wings

20. Use “random” word as inspiration

21. Imagination design challenge

22. Design challenge

23. Word butterfly

24. Design word challenge

25. Make an ID card or ID badge

26. Months – Design a robot that can fly in the dark or a solar panel that can capture as much light as possible

27. What I have learnt

28. How to use biomimicry in the classroom – inspiration and ideas

29. Links to videos and information

30. Two posters

Reviews of other Sparking Children’s Thinkibility products:

Project based learning: Bats, STEAM, Biomimicry

“This
product is absolutely the favorite one I have purchased all fall! I
love the information that is provided about bats – just enough to
intrigue and encourage higher level thinking. There are graphic
organizers, worksheets, and subtle suggestions to help young learners
perform at their best! And best of all, it stretches their creativity!
Thanks for such an amazing resource!”

Project based learning: Mammals, Reptiles & Amphibians – STEAM, Biomimicry, NGSS

“Used this for a Kindergarten STEAM club unit and it was a hit!”

Why am I qualified to write these biomimicry resources? I
am a member of BEN – Biomimicry Education Network – and a curator of
educational resources at BEN. I am the author of the book Biomimicry
with Theo & Tuva: Nature spotting inspires wild ideas. In 2015, I
completed a course in Biomimicry: A Sustainable Design Methodology at
Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

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