Life Stages - Plants or Animals

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Each living thing goes through stages of development. Construct a small theater with scenes that change to present the growth cycle of plants or animals. We offer materials to study typically pumpkins or butterflies. With a design flexible enough for teachers and students to go back to their classes and present another life cycle on the reverse side of each stage block.

Meets Connecticut Science Standards

  • 1.3: Organisms change in form and behavior as part of their life cycles.
  • 2.2: Plants change their forms as part of their life cycles.

Meets Common Core Standards

  • 1-LS3: Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits

Meets Next Generation Science Standards

  • K-ESS3: Earth and Human Activity KESS3-1: Use a model to represent the relationship between the needs of different plants or animals (including humans) and the places they live.. KESS3-2: Ask questions to obtain information about the purpose of weather forecasting to prepare for, and respond to, severe weather. ETS1.A : Asking questions, making observations, gathering information are helpful in thinking about problems.
  • 2-LS2 : Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics. LS2.A: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems. Plants depend on water and light to grow. (2-LS2-1). Plants depend on animals for pollination or to move their seeds around. (2-LS2-2)
  • ETS1.B: ETS1.B: Developing Possible Solutions. Designs can be conveyed through sketches, drawings, or physical models. These representations are useful in communicating ideas for a problem’s solutions to other people. (secondary to 2-LS2-2)






Download Life Cycle Clock prog Info.pdf (pdf, 72.7kb)
Download Butterfly Student Mat.pdf (pdf, 32.5kb)
Download Frog Student Materials.pdf (pdf, 29.8kb)
Download Pumpkin Student Materials.pdf (pdf, 35.0kb)

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