Animal Life Cycles

Adapted by Darby McAsey from a lesson by Linda Cyster, Walnut Hills Elementary: Greenville, Michigan

 

The Challenge:

You have been asked by the Fred Seemore Publishing Company to create a page for their science book about animal life cycles. The editor, Mr. Seamoor, would like you to help children understand which two life cycles are the most alike. In order to do this, you need to do some research so you can compare the life cycles of various animal families. He wants you to decide which two life cycles are the most alike. Mr. Seamoor wants you to pick the life cycle that best represents that particular animal family. He knows there are special animals in every family.

 

 

 

Your Task:

Your task will be to answer the essential question:

Which two animal life cycles are the most alike? You must explain your decision.

You will need to fill in the chart below (a copy will be provided by your teacher). Use the classroom resources and Web Learning Links to help you answer the following questions:

  1. What is the life cycle of a mammal?
  2. What is the life cycle of a bird?
  3. What is the life cycle of an insect?
  4. What is the life cycle of an amphibian?
  5. What is the life cycle of a reptile?
  6. What is the life cycle of a fish?

You will then use your chart to complete a Venn Diagram to show which two life cycles are most alike. You will need to explain why these two life cycles are most alike in a short paragraph to be placed below your Venn Diagram.

 

 

 

 

1. Using the Learning Links and the Classroom Resources, complete this chart. Some of the blanks have been filled in for you. Make sure to write neatly so Mr. Seamoor can read your research.

Animal Family: Examples

Birth

Egg or Live Birth?

Parental Care of Young

Adaptations

Food forYoung

 

List the Names of the Life Stages
Young Adult
Mammal:           Young-Adolescent-Adult

Bird:

Egg          
Insect:   No Parent Care   Butterfly has wings for flying    
Amphibian:     Tadpole has tail for swimming   Same as Adult Food  
Reptile:           Egg-Young-Adult
Fish: Egg          

 

 

 

 

2. Your Learning Links:

Mammals

 

 

Life Cycle of the Elephant

http://elephant.elehost.com/About_Elephants/Life_Cycles/life_cycles.html

Excellent information about the life cycle of the elephant. Click the hyperlinked words (in blue) to find more detailed information.

 

 

Nature Works Grizzly Bears

http://www.nhptv.org/natureworks/grizzly.htm

Scan the page for the "Life Cycle" Heading.

Grizzly Bears Think Quest

http://library.thinkquest.org/19689/data/mammals/grizzly_bear_frame.html

 

Birds

 

 

Burrowing Owl: Life Cycle information about the burrowing owl, an endangered species found in Alberta.

http://www.pnr-rpn.ec.gc.ca/nature/endspecies/burrowing/db04s03.en.html

Burrowing Owl Study: A study of the burrowing owl. Check out the video of a burrowing owl mother and her nest.

http://www.nps.gov/cagr/Natural_Resources/NR_Studies/Burrowing%20Owls/Burrowing%20Owls.htm

Sask Schools Burrowing Owl:Easy to Read facts about Burrowing Owls.

http://www.saskschools.ca/~gregory/animals/burowl1.html

Burrowing Owl Animal Tracks: More about this endangered species and efforts to save it.

http://www.exn.ca/AnimalTracks/ThreatenedBirds/Story1.cfm

 

 

 

The Imperial Eagle

http://www.bspb.org/heliaca/final.php?lng=en&show=1

 

 

 

 

 

The Ostrich

http://www.kidcyber.com.au/topics/ostrich.htm

Animal Planet: About the Ostrich

http://animal.discovery.com/fansites/jeffcorwin/carnival/flyingace/ostrich.html

Insects

Insect Life Cycle Diagram

http://www.kidfish.bc.ca/cycle.htm

Choose an Insect Life Cycle: Mealworm, Lady Bug, Butterfly, Dragonfly etc...

http://users.tellurian.com/teach/lifecycles/

 

Life Cycle of the Butterfly: Detailed Info

http://www.butterfly-guide.co.uk/life/index.htm

All About the Painted Lady

http://www.earthsbirthday.org/butterflies/bflys/activitykit/2.html

Our Butterfly Diary

http://schools.cbe.ab.ca/b335/students/grade3/butterflies.html

 

Life Cycle of the Lady Bug

http://www.geocities.com/sseagraves/ladybuglifecycle.htm

 

Meal Worm

http://teachersnetwork.org/dcs/critter/mealworm/

 

 

Amphibians

Frog Life Cycle: Simple information about the life cycle of a frog.

http://www.tooter4kids.com/Frogs/life_cycle_of_frogs.htm

Diagram of a Frog's Life Cycle

http://ecs.lewisham.gov.uk/youthspace/ca/Lorraine/frog_life_cycle.htm

Diagram and Information about Frogs

http://www.cap.nsw.edu.au/bb_site_intro/stage1_modules/frogs/life_cycle_information_.htm

Frog Life Cycle Powerpoint: This presentation will download to your computer.

http://classroom.jc-schools.net/sci-units/frog-cycle.ppt

General Info About Amphibian Life Cycle

http://www.lookd.com/frogs/life.html

 

 

Reptiles

 

 

Life Cycle of a Snake

http://www.thematzats.com/snakes/life1.htm

Rattlesnakes

http://www.besd61.k12.il.us/webquests/2nd%20Grade/zoo/rattlesnake_page.htm

Fish

Student Report about the Life Cycle of a Salmon:

http://www.riverdale.k12.or.us/salmon/report.html

Provides information and pictures about the life cycle of a salmon.

Interactive Life Cycle of a Salmon

http://www.streamnet.org/pub-ed/ff/Factsheets/Lifecycle.html

Diagram, information, and pictures about the Salmon's Life Cycle. You can click on the hyperlinked words to see pictures.

The Big Blue Bus Creature Feature: Salmon

http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/canwaters-eauxcan/bbb-lgb/creatures-animaux/fish-poissons/salmon-saumon_e.asp

If the page looks blank, you may have to scroll down further. Very detailed information about the life cycle of the salmon.


2.  Using your chart decide which two animal families are the most alike, based on their life cycles.  Use a Venn Diagram to show your results.  Be sure to use titles and labels.  You may use colors and pictures to make your work really great.


3.  Write a short paragraph, below your Venn Diagram to explain your choice.  Remember you are writing for the Fred Seemore Publishing Company.  Be sure to indent your paragraph and use correct spelling and punctuation.

 

Assessment: