Hi! I’m continuing the New Notebook Blog Series with this post about life cycles. In Texas, our focus is on comparing and contrasting life cycles.
We don’t normally spend too much time focusing specifically on life cycles. Our life science study usually goes quickly due to upcoming state tests. We spend most of our time observing animals and ecosystems and integrating all of the life science concepts in those studies.
Several weeks before we learn about complete and incomplete metamorphosis, we start observing mealworms. These observations can be done every few days for just a couple of minutes.
Right side from Life Cycles PowerPoint and Differentiated Notes
We look at illustrations of different organisms’ life cycles on the powerpoint as students take notes. Then students compare and contrast 2 of the life cycles.
These are really cool! Students make life cycle wheels for two different animals and describe the different stages.
Comparing Life Cycles and Incomplete Metamorphosis foldable activity from All in One Science Notebook
We use the life cycle wheels from the previous page to compare and contrast the life cycle of a penguin and sea turtle. The right side shows notes about the incomplete metamorphosis of a grasshopper.
Foldable activities from All in One Science Notebook
We record information about the complete metamorphosis of a butterfly, then follow up by comparing and contrasting complete and incomplete metamorphosis.
Free Penguin Life Cycle Wheel– click the pic to download
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