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Life Cycles of Animals
Grade Level:  First Grade



Table of Contents:
Georgia Performance Standard
Rationale
Instructional Topic Web Sites
3 Topic Activities
5 Software Programs





Georgia Performance Standard

S1CS4. Students will use the ideas of system, model, change, and scale in exploring scientific and technological matters.

a. Use a model—such as a toy or a picture—to describe a feature of the primary thing.

b. Describe changes in the size, weight, color, or movement of things, and note which of their other qualities remain the same during a specific change.

c. Compare very different sizes, weights, ages (baby/adult), and speeds (fast/slow) of both human made and natural things.







Rationale

It is important to know about the world and things that live in it with us.  If you ever want an animal as a pet, you need to know how to take care of it and know what to expect as it grows.




Instructional Topic Web Sites


Butterflies
This web site allows you to view each of the four stages of the butterflies lifecycle.  It is appropriate for all age levels and it is very easy to use.


Salmon
This web site is also very easy to use.  Small children can look at pictures of the different stages while older children or adults read to them about each picture.


Koalas
This web site tells all about koalas.  It tells about what they look like when they are born to what they will look like when they are an adult.  It is also very informative about their habits and diets.


Frogs
This web site is a diagram of the different stages of a frog's life cycle.  It is very easy to understand because it is mostly pictures with a few words of description about the picture.


Penguins
This web site allows you to click the arrow and it shows you the next picture of the life cycle of a penguin along with a description of the picture.  It uses live and not animated pictures.


Spiders

This web site is just a small description of the life cycle of a spider.  It also has other interesting information if you would like to learn more about spiders.




3 Topic Activities


The Butterfly's Life Cycle
Primary Learning Outcome:
The students will learn the four stages of the life cycle of a butterfly.

Integration:
This activity will integrate Language Arts and Science.

Procedures:
Students will view the Life Cycle of a Butterfly web site.
I will read The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle to the class.
Ask students what they think will happen to the caterpillar as I read the story.
Students will create a paper plate life cycle of the butterfly using noodles.
The students will place a noodle, that represents the stage of the life cycle, in the designated section on the paper plate.
Product:
Students will use this information to understand that all animals, including humans, go through different changes.  And that it is important to know about these changes so that we can care for each other and other living things.



Fuzzy Wuzzy Spider
Primary Learning Outcome:
The students will learn the life cycle of a spider.
Integration:
This activity will integrate Language Arts, Science, and Art.
Procedures :
Students will read Charlotte's Webb by E.B. White at home for two weeks.
Students will view Life Cycle of a Spider web site.
Ask students to recall what happened to Charlotte at the end of the story.
Have students make a spider, any size, out of Fuzzy balls and pipe cleaners.
Have students write one paragraph about the life cycle of a spider.
Product:
Students will use this information to understand that all animals, including humans, go through different changes.  And that it is important to know about these changes so that we can care for each other and other living things.



Frogs

Primary Learning Outcome:
Students will learn the life cycle of a frog.
Integration:
This activity will integrate Movement, Technology, and Science.
Procedures:  
Students will look at the Life Cycle of a Frog web site.
Students will act out the different stages of the life cycle of a frog.  I will call out stages one by one and the students will act it out.
Students will draw a picture of their favorite stage of the frog's life cycle using the Paint program on the computer.

Product:
Students will use this information to understand that all animals, including humans, go through different changes.  And that it is important to know about these changes so that we can care for each other and other living things.






5 Software Programs



Title of software program Microsoft Paint

Published by Microsoft
Students can use this program to create pictures of animal life cycles.  The students do not learn more about animals by using this program.


P
Title of software program Microsoft Power Point 
Published by Microsoft
Students can use this program to create a presentation of the different stages of life cycles.  They do not learn more information about animals using this program.

W
Title of software program Microsoft Word
Published by Microsoft
Students can use this program to write their reports and essays on animals.  The only problem that I see is they might need help using all of the necessary functions, like spell check and the thesaurus.



Title of software program Amazing Animals
Published by DK Multimedia
Students can play games and puzzles to help encourage learning about different animals, their life cycles and behaviors.  Children can play games but they must also take the time to look at the animal facts.


 


Title of software program Tarzan Activity Center
Published by Disney Interactive
Students can play games to learn about the different needs and life cycles of jungle animals.  The only problem I see is that children only learn about animals from the movie.





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