How Do Animals Grow and Change?

1st - 2nd

In this animal growth worksheet, students will write in the 3 steps in a salamander's life cycle, from egg to adult. This worksheet is a graphic organizer.

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Life Cycle of Animals

Young scholars study the life cycle of animals and group them accordingly. In this animal life cycle lesson plan, students study pictures of animals and place them in groups based on their life stages. Young scholars then use the actual classification groups to sort the animal pictures. Students draw a picture of an animal and its life cycle as well as write a paragraph about the stages.

Extraordinary Eggs (Life Cycle of Animals)

Students explore biology by examining eggs. In this life cycle lesson plan, students define the terms associated with life such as baby, birth, and adult. Students utilize the Internet to research the life cycles of penguins, alligators and crocodiles before creating a presentation to share with their class.

Where’s the Water?: Acting Out Science Cycles

Young scientists transform themselves into rivers, oceans, clouds, and drops of water in order to explore the water cycle. After assigning and explaining to students their different roles in the activity, the teacher reads aloud a narrative describing the different stages of the water cycle while the class acts out each event. Perform this engaging activity as an introduction to a lesson plan series on the hydrologic cycle, repeating it throughout the unit to reinforce children's understanding of the process.

The Three Life-Giving Sisters: Plant Cultivation and Mohican Innovation

Children gain first-hand experience with Native American agriculture while investigating the life cycle of plants with this engaging experiment. Focusing on what the natives called the Three Sisters - corn, beans, and squash - young scientists germinate and grow seeds in order to learn about plant life and understand why the Mohicans chose to grow these plants alongside one another. Use this cross-curricular science and social studies lesson to provide a rich context for studying plant life and its importance to Native American culture.

Comparing the Life Cycles of a Mealworm and Tadpole

Studying the life cycles of animals can be a motivating experience. This lesson plan, which focuses on meal worms and tadpoles, could be used to promote learners' writing and critical-thinking skills. They begin by using pictures to identify the life cycles of a meal worm and tadpole. Then they observe and take notes in a journal. And, finally, they create a Venn Diagram on the computer comparing the life cycles of two different animals.

What Animal Are You?

Second graders research an animal that undergoes changes during its life cycle. They create a document with pictures and text to show the stages of their animal's life cycle. Each student teaches another student about his/her animal's life cycle during this lesson plan.

Lesson Plan: Plant Life Cycles

Young scientists view videos to watch the changes through the life cycle of a plant. Then they will germinate seeds on a sock and in a plastic bag. Finally, they answer questions about the sequence of plant growth and record changes in local plants and make an original garden.

Plant Growth

Students role play as text book creators by designing an animation showing plant growth from seed to maturity. They incorporate things that plants need to grow in the animation.

Butterfly Cycle

Young scholars study the life cycle of a butterfly. In this butterfly life cycle lesson, students read The Monarch Butterfly and identify related vocabulary terms. Young scholars study the stages of a butterfly metamorphosis, listen to Munch, Munch, Munch as they complete a butterfly color and paste activity, and study different butterflies in the book Butterfly Express. Students read the story The Very Hungry Caterpillar using puppets.

Cycles in Nature

Second graders look at cycles in nature. in this cycle instructional activity, 2nd graders see the role of cycles in everyday life. They look at change through the science inquiry method.

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