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!
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
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
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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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