Help the Butterfly Pavillion


Butterflies are amazing creatures.  They also have different species with different characteristics, which is important to a place like the Butterfly Pavillion.  As a budding zoologist, you must conduct research to identify the different life cycle of butterflies, research each stage, and recommend a butterfly to the Butterfly Pavillion in order to help the Butterfly Pavillion care for its butterflies and attract more visitors.

The Butterfly Pavillion is located in Westminster (Northwest Metropolitan Denver) and opened in July 1995!


    The Monarch Butterfly is a migratory butterfly

    The Butterfly Pavillion has thousands of butterflies in its butterfly exhibit.  People come from all over to see and experience butterflies like no where else in America!  It is also a great palce to conduct butterfly research.  Lately, fewer visitors have come to see the butterflies, which is a problem for a place caring for several thousand butterflies.  Can you help the Butterfly Pavillion boost the number of visitors and further burtterfly research?



    Lives on every continent except Antarctica and Australia!

    To begin helping the Butter Fly Pavillion attract more visitors, you need to find some information about the butterflies.  As a researcher, its one of your most important tasks!  With this information, you can give the Butterfly Pavillion advise on which butterflies to keep and their life cycles, so they can care for and produce more butterflies.  Lets get started.

    In order to help, you must:

    1.  Create a team of 4 like-minded zoologists to work with.  Create a team journal on the computer using MS Word or MS Powerpoint to record findings of your research.  It should include a section for each butterfly, a section for each stage of a butterfly's life cycle, and a section at the end with the book, web address, or video from which you uncovered the facts about your butterflies.

    2.  As a team of zoologists, identify 4 species of Colorado Butterfly at the Butterfly Pavillion.  Go to  Each zoologist must research one different butterfly and record their findings in the team journal.  Draw and name each butterfly with is common name and its scientific name.

    -  Feel free to help out more!  Research an additional species or two

    3.  Research each butterfly using the internet as well as books from the library and continue to complete your team journal.  Discuss with your team and decide if each resource you discover is a verifiable or trustworthy resource.  Record your findings. 

    4.  Draw the appearance of each butterfly in each of its life cycles.  Include 2 facts about the butterfly in each stage of its particular life cycle.  

    5. Groups will choose one butterfly as their favorite to present to the Butterfly Pavillion (or to your class, the butterfly keepers at the Butterfly Pavillion are still very busy).  Further research this butterfly and explain why you think this butterfly might attract more visitors by creating a powerpoint presentation.


    Don't be fooled! The Scarlet Mormon is actually a species of moth







    Identified more than four butterfies correctly with an appropriate sketch for each

    Identified exactly four butterflies correctly with an appropriate sketch for each

    Identified fewer than four butterflies, or identified incorrect butterflies.  Did not provide sketches


    Accurately modeled the life cycle of all butterflies identified

    Accurately modeled four butterfly life cycles

    Accurately modeled fewer than four butterfly lifecycles


    Entered greater than two facts per identified butterfly

    Entered two facts per identified butterfly

    Entered fewer than two facts per butterfly


    Included additional resources or provided resources to conduct more research, information is accurate

    Included 2 accurate references and/or some information may not be accurate

    Did not included any references or information is obviously inaccurate


    The student showed great ingenuity, experimenting with colors and designs.  Presentation shows understanding of how information should be organized

    The student showed effort with creativity, presentation is bland, but organized and relatively easy to follow

    The student did not show effort in creativity, presentation is disorganized and hard to follow



    Did you know that butterflies are considered key pollinators?  Of course you did, as a researcher, you probably found this and many facts about butterflies.  By helping the Butterfly Pavillion, you made it possible so others can see the many plants and animals that live there and increased your own knowledge of butterflies and butterfly life cycles.

     A young zoologist studies her butterfly



    Clip art sourced from

    Butterfly Pavillion Website:

    Created by Learning Team D

    Colangelo Berry

    Dominique Taylor

    Eileen Tolliver

    Ingrid Escoto

    Shamika Gayle

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    This WebQuest is designed for 3rd grade students interested in the life cycle of animals. The lesson involves great concentration skills, reading skills, and team building skills since they will have to research, diagram, and cooperate when they interact in their groups. This specific webquest can be used at any grade level once certain tasks and evaluations have been modified to suit that specific grade level. 

    The goal of this lesson plan is to assist in the building of young students comprehension and information gathering without putting sole emphasis on a reading assignment and provide comprehension techniques that will promote the retention of what they are reading, listening to and or watching. By using a fun lesson to get them engaged their vocabulary background will only expand after being introduced to words they may not be too familiar with as well as information they were never introduced to until they completed the research needed for this assignment.

    If there are students in the class with experience on butterflies or even just plainly the life cycle of butterflies, it would be beneficial to put them in seperate groups so that they can help others who have no experience at all. 


      Students with learning challenges should be paired with other partners who are advanced in researching and recording data and have the opportunity to draw the butterfly they researched and write 4 bullets to address facts found with teacher or (preferably) peer assistance.

    Advanced students are encouraged to research additional species and present them to the class

    Curriculum Standards

    The basic aspects of this WebQuest exercise will meet Florida reading standards for informational text. 

    Cluster 1: Key Ideas and Details

    Standard Code: LAFS.3.RI.1.1

    Standard: Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.

    Standard Code: LAFS.3.RI.1.2

    Standard: Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.

    Standard Code: LAFS.3.RI.1.3

    Standard: Describe the relationship between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text, using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause/effect.