Lesson Plan For I Never Saw Another Butterfly:
Linda Sheehe, Library Media Specialist, Hilliard Tharp Sixth Grade School
Grade Level(s): 6,7,8
Duration: 3 to 5 class periods
This web quest is designed to serve as an introduction to the Holocaust, or can be used to supplement other Holocaust units. Students will learn about the Terezin (Theresienstadt) Concentration Camp, through the eyes of the children imprisoned there. Using the Butterfly Journal and a variety of websites, students will read and respond to poetry and works of art created by the children of Terezin.
Students will understand that the Holocaust was one of the most tragic events in human history that resulted in the deaths of over 6 million Jews and other persons considered undesirable by Nazi Germany under the regime of Adolph Hitler.
What was the Holocaust?
Why did the Holocaust happen?
Could the Holocaust have been prevented?
Who were the victims of the Holocaust?
Could a Holocaust happen again? Why?
Concepts of Print Comprehension Strategies and Self-Monitoring Strategies
Grade 6 Indicators: 1, 6, and 7
Grade 7 Indicators: 1, 6, and 7
Indicators: 2, 3, and 6
Grade 6 Indicators: 1, 3, 7 and 8
Grade 7 Indicators: 1, 3 and 7
Grade 8 Indicators: 3, 6, and 8
Grade 6 Indicators: 2 and 6
Grade 7 Indicators 2 and 6
Grade 8 Indicator:
Grade 6 Indicator: 4
Grade 7 Indicator: 4
Grade 8 Indicator: 2
Assessment and Performance Tasks:
Students working independently or with a partner, will access the "I Never Saw Another Butterfly" web quest to answer questions and complete writing activities in the Butterfly Journal.
Students' understanding will be assessed through completion of the journal itself, student writings, and through class discussions.
Sufficient computers with Internet access
Copies of the Butterfly Journal
Video projector or hook-up to a TV monitor (for providing demonstration of Web quest to students.)
Books: I Never Saw Another Butterfly; Children's Drawings and Poems From Terezin Concentration Camp, 1942 Ð 1944. edited by Hana Volavkova.
Fireflies in the Dark: The Story of Friedl Dicker-Brandeis and the Children of Terezin by Susan Goldman Rubin.
Media Specialist, Technology Specialist Ð can help you plan student access to computers, suggest books and other materials, and assist you and your students in completing the web quest.
Learning Experiences/Instruction/Options for Differentiation:
Important!Before you begin, never assume that your students will have even heard of the
Holocaust. Many children will find this new information to be disturbing, so
provide them with chances to share feelings, and ask questions. Be honest, but
don't stress images and descriptions of brutality and horror. The United States
Holocaust Memorial website has excellent suggestions to help teachers prepare
for teaching about this extremely difficult topic. Visit their site at: http://www1.ushmm.org:80/education/foreducators/guidelines/
To introduce the "I Never Saw Butterfly" Web Quest:
Read the poem "I Never Saw Another Butterfly" by Pavel Friedman. Explain how Pavel was a young Jewish boy who wrote this poem while living as a prisoner in a place called Terezin. Use the Terezin PowerPoint slide show and teacher's notes to provide an introduction and background information about Terezin.
Give students a copy of the Butterfly Journal, and explain how they will use this journal to complete a web quest that will help them learn more about Terezin and the children, who, like Pavel Friedman, were held prisoners there. Post the above listed essential questions, and as the students complete their journals, and discuss what they are learning, relate discussions to those questions.
Depending on the ages and abilities of your students: You might choose to
After the students
have finished all the activities in their Butterfly Journals, use the Butterfly
Project activities 4 and 5 as detailed on the Holocaust
Museum Houston: I Never Saw Another Butterfly: Teaching Activities, as a
simple, yet powerful way for students to connect to the precious lives lost not
only at Terezin, but in the Holocaust overall. Be sure to click on the
objectives link on this website. Students will need to choose a person to whom
they will dedicate their butterflies. Use the "Forget Me Not Cards" on the Children of the Holocaust -
Other activities & ideas:
This web quest can be used in conjunction with other teaching/learning activities about the Holocaust. For example, the web quest can be used as an extension of a classroom novel study of The Devil's Arithmetic by Jane Yolen.
Classes can view the video Journey of Butterfly, which is the performance of the cantata of Terezin children's poems, as performed by the American Boy Choir.
Links and Resources for Teachers:
Butterfly Journal pages
Background Information About Terezin (Theresienstadt)
Teacher's Notes for Powerpoint
The Holocaust and Children's Literature (Recommended Books)
Holocaust Museum Houston:Teaching Activities
Children of the Holocaust: Biographies
Volavkava, Hana. I Never Saw Another Butterfly: Children's Drawings and Poems from Terezin Concentration Camp 1942-1944. New York: Schocken Books, 1993.
Rubin, Susan Goldman. Fireflies in the Dark: the Story of Friedl Dicker-Brandeis and the Children of Terezin. New York: Holiday House, 2000.
The Journey of Butterfly. 1996, Bolthead Communications Group.