Lupine and Butterflies

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In this two-part activity about the connection between the lupine plant and butterflies, learners first read "Miss Rumphius," a storybook about lupine by Barbara Cooney. Then learners plant their own seeds that can be transplanted into the wild. Learners discuss what plants need to grow. Next, learners review the butterfly life cycle and create a butterfly puppet that emerges from a pupa. Educators can also use this activity to introduce learners to endangered species (the Karner Blue butterfly is endangered in Wisconsin because of the decreased lupine population).

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
Over $20 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 11

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan, Model


Materials List (per group of students)

  • Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney
  • Lupine seeds
  • Peat pots
  • Soil
  • Warm water in a pouring container
  • Toilet paper tubes
  • Markers
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Construction paper
  • Tissue paper
  • Scissors
  • Pencils
  • Glue


  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Plants
      • Animals
    • Ecology
      • Ecosystems
      • Populations

Informal Categories

  • Animals
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Gardening
  • Literature
  • Model Building
  • Nature and Environment
  • Outdoor Activity
  • Transportation


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • hear
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Links STEM to other topics of interest such as arts and humanities
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards:

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Access Rights:

  • Free access


  • Rogers Huff, Paula


  • All rights reserved, Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System, 2005