Animal Life Cycles Teaching Ideas

Teaching Idea #1 Frog Life Cycle

Below are two science fair projects created by students in our school. I love the idea of the spinning circle that shows one cycle at a time.

The Life Cycle of a Frog

 
Frog Life Cycle
Frog
Life Cycle
Frog Life Cycle
Frog
Life Cycle

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Teaching Idea #2 The Life Cycle of Insects

Teach students about complete and incomplete metamorphosis with this craft project. Explain that most insects such as bees, lady bugs, ants, wasps, butterflies, and moths go through complete metamorphosis.

[egg -> larva -> pupa -> adult]

About 12% of all insects, as well as spiders, go through incomplete metamorphosis. These insects include grasshoppers, crickets, dragonflies, and cockroaches .

[egg -> nymph -> adult]

Provide students with a large (12 by 18 inch) piece of construction paper. Students can cut out leaves free-hand, or, to save time, leaves can be prepared beforehand using a die cut machine. Students need one leaf for each stage - four leaves for the complete metaphorisis and three of the incomplete metamorphisis diagram. Yarn, pipe cleaners, clay, cotton balls, wiggle eyes, construction paper, and crepe paper are used to create the insects in the various stages of development.

 
Butterfly Life Cycle
Butterfly
Complete Metamorphosis
Butterfly Life Cycle
Butterfly
Complete Metamorphosis
Spider Life Cycle
Spider
Incomplete Metamorphosis
Spider Life Cycle
Spider
Incomplete Metamorphosis

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Teaching Idea #3 Animal Life Cycles

Download this free printable to use with your students. By completing the chart, students learn how the life cycles of amphibians, reptiles, birds, fish, and mammals are different.

The Life Cycle of Animals
 

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