Life Cycles

by  Butterfly Pavilion

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Student scientists are challenged to use their senses to observe and interact with three live animals to solve the mystery of their connection–metamorphosis!

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About This Program


Point to Point: $100.00


45 minutes, plus 15 minute connection time

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) Kindergarten, 1, 2, 3

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Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, etc...)

Booking Information

Programs are available by request Mondays-Fridays between 8am and 5pm MST. Two weeks' advance notice required for requests.

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

Once a reservation is confirmed, we depend on your group's attendance. A $50 processing fee is assessed for any of the following: cancellation or date change within 15 DAYS of the reserved date or no show.

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Butterfly Pavilion

Westminster, CO
United States

At Butterfly Pavilion, we transform the way people think about invertebrates. These small but mighty animals that surround us are so much more than people think. They are everywhere, because everything depends on them. They are the hidden heroes of the animal kingdom, and we--you and us--stand on the backs of these tiny giants. 

Butterfly Pavilion is the first stand-alone, Association of Zoos and Aquariums-accredited non-profit invertebrate zoo in the world and a leader in invertebrate knowledge, inspiration and connection. Our virtual programs feature interactive, real-time lessons on-screen facilitated by a Butterfly Pavilion educator, live on-screen animal experiences and/or exploration of real-world conservation topics and curriculum-aligned content that uses visual and audio media to illustrate science concepts.

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Program Details


1. Using a video of an insect and their previous knowledge, students will discuss how we can tell insects apart from other animals.
2. Students will be shown three live animals, and using their observations will try to figure out if those three animals are insects or not.
3. Students are asked to use their observations to solve the mystery of what connects our three animals together - they are all part of a life cycle!
4. After discovering that beetles have a similar life cycle to butterflies, we will discuss what else goes through similar life cycle, and how the life cycles of other insects may differ. Then students answer the question - what else has a life cycle?


1. The participants will use observations and questions to get to know a living insect and will engage in discussions about their observations and questions.
2. The participants will be able to identify the four life stages of insects that go through complete metamorphosis
3. The participants will develop an appreciation and awareness of invertebrates

Standards Alignment

National Standards

LS1A K-2 -- Structure and function
LS1B 3-5 -- Growth and development of organisms
LS1B K-2 -- Growth and development of organisms