Here is a butterflies literacy center activity to get your students exploring non-fiction books. Grab a free non-fiction literacy center activity based around materials you already have on hand.
Designed for kindergarten literacy centers so you can have center materials to last all year long.
What is the Non-fiction Literacy Center?
The non-fiction literacy center is all about exploring non-fiction with meaning. Students will become familiar with features of non-fiction through lots of exposure and be able to explore topics they find fascinating.
Connecting with non-fiction books is done with a few simple activities and lots of books.
Read here: How to make the non-fiction center a success.
I’ve created a free download to share this center’s activities with you. It includes organization labels, sorting workmats and ‘pretend laptop’ printables to go with each non-fiction theme and topic.
Each theme or topic is one option for my students to pick from when they visit the non-fiction center. Normally I have a few topics available at a time and can rotate them out throughout the year.
This butterflies non-fiction book basket is just one example of the topics I made available to my students at this non-fiction literacy center.
I created this butterfly non-fiction book basket because I had a lot of books and magazines over the years after teaching about butterflies.
Really, I didn’t want to be the only one with access to these books while it was our “theme” – so I came up with a plan to incorporate them andget them into the hands of my five and six-year-olds.
How to Make the Literacy Center Activity
Let me break down how to make this non-fiction butterflies book activity bucket for you.
The materials needed to make this literacy center activity are:
- Butterflies non-fiction free download (below)
- Non-fiction books about butterflies and the butterfly life cycle (see my suggestions below)
- Shoe bin or plastic tote/bucket/basket
1. Collect all of the materials you have on hand related to butterflies. Be sure to check the depths of your cupboards, closets (or ransack the bottom of your own kids’ toybox – ha!)
2. Pick a good number of non-fiction books from the ones you’ve collected. Go for a number that isn’t overwhelming to clean up but still offers variety on the topic.
Pick books with concepts appropriate for kindergarten age, good vocabulary, some books with photographs and some with illustrations, or some that feature different non-fiction characteristics like labels, diagrams, etc.
Don’t worry about the reading level. Having only kindergarten-level reading material is definitely not the goal here.
The goal is to connect students with non-fiction books – they already have an innate love for non-fiction. If you can offer a variety of reading levels, that’s a bonus.
Butterflies non-fiction books for Kindergarten
Looking for some book ideas? Here are some affiliate books on Amazon to help get you thinking about what you might already have on hand in your classroom or titles to keep your eyes out for at your local thrift store and garage sales.
- National Geographic: Caterpillar to Butterfly
- A Butterfly’s Life
- Butterfly (See How They Grow)
- Butterflies (Bugs, Bugs, Bugs)
- I Wonder Why Butterflies Flutter
3. Label your books with the mini butterfly icons.
I’ve got your back. Those are located in your free download.
4. Pick a material that students can manipulate and place onto their sorting work mat. They will be sorting objects into 2 categories: caterpillar and butterfly.
I believe a parent gifts our class with butterfly manipulatives one year (per my request) for Christmas.
I also had a life cycle puzzle, some Dollar Tree butterflies and a magnifying glass. I wanted my students to be able to see color patterns up close on these gorgeous creatures.
Here are some affiliate items on amazon you might be interested in checking out:
- Matching nomenclature cards and figurines
- Life Cycle of a Monarch Butterfly Pieces
- Mini butterflies
- Magnifying Glass
You might need a container of some kind to hold all of the sorting pieces. Something like a pencil zipper pocket, a zippered cosmetics bag or something like that. Put a betterflies label from your free download on the container.
5. Print the sorting workmat so students can manipulate materials and connect to the topic.
6. Print and make a laptop activity to encourage students to focus on letters, sounds and vocabulary. They will find these words in any of the books you’ve included.
In this case, students will be typing in the stages of the butterfly life cycle.
You can print off the little I-Spy finder that I included to help students stay on task as they look for butterfly life cycle words in the books they read.
This is a fun extension activity. They can even check off what they find if you laminate the finder to use with a dry-erase marker.
7. Optional – you can add a notebook (or the free question template I’ve made) so students can copy words they find, generate questions or bring information they’ve learned to share with the class. I think it’s silly to not invite them to write during a literacy center like this one when you can easily add a notebook for just pennies during back to school sales.
8. Add a butterflies label onto the binder, or shoe bin or bucket or plastic tote – whatever you’ve got to hold it all together.
Everything inside is pretty much labeled so it can all get returned to this bucket.
It’s a good idea to let students carry the entire bucket to where they will be working. That way they can put it all right back in the bucket when it’s clean up time!
Free Butterflies Non-fiction Books Activity Set
Grab your free download to print the icons and activity pieces to go with your butterfly non-fiction books.
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You can make your own non-fiction literacy center with this butterflies activity set PLUS there are 13 more activity sets included in your free download!
See the Other Non-fiction Activity Sets in Action
- Apples + Pumpkins
- Human Body
- Reptiles + Amphibians
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This center is just one of 15 literacy center ideas for kindergarten that last for the entire year.
More Literacy Centers
- ABC Center – See, Stamp, Write and Explore
- Detective Literacy Center – read and write the room
- Pokey Pinning Literacy Center
Get the Non-fiction literacy center activities
14 free non-fiction activity sets with organization pieces included.