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Core Knowledge Foundation

Insects Tell It Again!™ Read-Aloud Anthology

For Teachers 2nd Standards
A read-aloud anthology explores the world of bees, wasps, beetles, termites, ants, fireflies, and more. Scholars listen to stories and discuss topics and practice word work. Extension opportunities keep the learning going in and out of...
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Broadway GPS

The Lion King—The Broadway Musical Study Guide

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Musicals have been adapted from stage plays, novels, and movies. With The Lion King, Disney transforms its animated film into show-stopping, live-action musical theatre. The guide Disney provides to accompany a study of the award-winning...
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Curated OER

Hedgerows

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Hedgerows prevent soil erosion, capture pollutants running off fields, store carbon to help combat climate change, and provide homes for predators of many pest species. The biodiversity lesson begins with an activity that discusses why...
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Captain Planet Foundation

Square Foot Fall Garden

For Teachers 1st Standards
First graders learn the basic needs of plants and identify geometric shapes while planting a fall garden. Combining math and science in one instructional activity, the resource guides kids through starting their class garden as they...
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Captain Planet Foundation

Rotting Away

For Teachers 2nd Standards
What happens at the end of a plant's life cycle? Show kids the natural way that plants show that they're decomposing, as well as the importance of compost, with a activity about living organisms. After reading Log Cabin by Anne...
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PBS

Creating a Butterfly Garden and Habitat

For Teachers 1st - 4th
This complete set of instructions for creating your very own butterfly garden and habitat is so cool! With some seeds and the handy resources in this activity, you and your class will be able to determine which type of habitat is best...
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Scholastic

Study Jams! Gymnosperms: Seeds in Cones

For Students 5th - 9th Standards
Two very hip teenagers walk through the forest collecting evergreen cones. One teaches the other about gymnosperms: cycads, ginkoes, gnetophytes, and conifers. He tries to convince his friend how amazing cones are, while she defends...
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Curated OER

A Whole Lotta Changin' Goin' On

For Teachers K - 2nd
Here's a fabulous lesson plan on the life cycle of a butterfly. Youngsters are able to identify and understand the four stages of life. They construct models of a caterpillar and write a sequence story about the life of a butterfly. This...
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PPT
Curated OER

The Thrush's Nest

For Teachers 1st - 3rd
A gorgeous collection of slides follows the changes within the nest of a thrush over a month's time. Beginning with a single egg on March 15th, frequent photographs looking down into the nest are displayed. Finally, on April 14th, the...
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Curated OER

Butterflies, Butterflies, Butterflies

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Transform your class into a butterfly museum! Research different types of butterflies, their habitat, and life cycle. Interactive components such as PowerPoint presentations, Claymation movies, and webpages add pizzaz to the museum...
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Curated OER

Life Cycle of a Butterfly: Kidspiration

For Teachers 2nd
Second graders view a video about butterflies and recall its life cycle. They will also complete a Kidspiration slide show to illustrate the life cycle of a butterfly and study a word list of butterfly vocabulary to include in their...
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Curated OER

Butterfly Life Cycle

For Teachers Pre-K - 1st
Create colorful butterfly models that display the stages in a butterfly's life with young learners. They will identify the stages in a butterfly's life cycle. Then they will create a butterfly model, arranging the stages of a butterfly's...
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Curated OER

The Life Cycle of Butterflies, Day 2

For Teachers 2nd
Second graders extend their knowledge of life cycles to other animals. They demonstrate their understanding that at the beginning of an animal's life cycle, some young animals represent the adult while others do not. They will...
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Curated OER

Lesson Plan: Plant Life Cycles

For Teachers K - 5th
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...
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PPT
Curated OER

Jeopardy: Science

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Need a science activity for a rainy day? This Jeopardy game is a perfect way to keep students entertained while they are stuck inside for recess. The five categories are: Things that Grow, Animals, Geology, Weather, and It's Electric....
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University of Minnesota

Manduca sexta Wax Model

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
Caterpillars' and moths' most obvious change is physical, but what happens to their nervous systems as they complete metamorphosis? Through a hands-on investigation, young scholars construct the nervous system of a caterpillar. They then...
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Brine Shrimp: Getting to Know a Salt Water Arthropod

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Gather small observations of arthropods. Using brine shrimp, pupils observe the life cycle of arthropods. Learners set up saltwater aquariums and observe the brine shrimp over a three-week period. To finish, they compare and contrast how...
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Healthy Native Youth

Chapter 2: Learning About Adolescence

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
 The Native American symbol, The Circle of Life, represents life's spiritual, physical, mental, and emotional well being. By way of deep discussion, and two games, the lesson uses the Circle of Life to explore the stages of maturity,...
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National Wildlife Federation

Call of the Wild: Grades K-4

For Teachers K - 4th Standards
The sound a frog makes lets people know what it's up to. A two-part lesson begins by discussing the life cycle of a frog and the individual stages with drawings. The second part has learners listen to the frogs' different sounds and what...
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Minnesota Department of Natural Resoures

Tree Life

For Teachers 2nd Standards
The life of a tree is the focus of a packet consisting of several activities all covering a different subject. Second graders measure shadows, make pinecone critters, write poems, count rings, complete a word search, play tree tag, and...
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Alabama Wildlife Federation

Pasta Butterfly

For Teachers K - 2nd
From an egg to an adult and the stages in between, the butterfly leads a very active life. A hands-on activity has learners act out the different life cycle stages of the butterfly before venturing on an identification expedition. During...
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Alabama Wildlife Federation

Butterfly Book

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Journaling is a great tool for processing information. Budding scientists build their own butterfly journals from their observations in a butterfly garden. The lesson challenges them to identify different stages of the life of the...
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Purdue University

Reptiles, Amphibians, and the Scientific Method

For Teachers K - 5th Standards
What do a reptile and an amphibian have in common? A three-part lesson allows scholars to investigate the similarities and differences between the two types of animals by identifying specific body parts. The lesson highlights the...
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EngageNY

Asking and Answering Questions: Studying the Life Cycle of a Frog

For Teachers 3rd Standards
A instructional activity challenges learners to ask and answer questions about the life cycle of a frog. With a class read-aloud, partner discussion, and notebook reflections, scholars complete a three-page worksheet to prove their...