5th Grade Insect Life Cycles: Complete, Incomplete Metamorphosis (STAAR Science)

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3rd - 5th
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This is a wonderful resource! It kept my students from having the misconception that you can only show a life cycle one way and that if it is a circle it is metamorphic life cycle.



*Insect life cycles sort includes 24 unique insect life cycle cards plus 2 category cards to teach students about complete and incomplete metamorphosis. All clipart is original and unique!

*This card sort is a great way to prepare your students for the STAAR test for 5th grade science. It can also be used to prepare students for the 5th grade science FCAT!

*Download preview to see entire product! As a teacher, I never buy something unless I know for sure it will meet my needs. The preview shows 2 pages tiled on each page and a watermark. Full product is a PDF and includes 8 pages (one teacher instruction page and 7 student game pages).

*BACKGROUND INFORMATION--This set was carefully prepared to represent life cycles in a variety of ways. A common misconception that students have is that if there are 4 pictures then it is complete metamorphosis and if there are 3 pictures then it is incomplete metamorphosis. This set will challenge students to look at what is happening as the insect develops to become an adult because not all cards fit that mold! Before using this with students, discuss molting (where insects shed their exoskeleton) and that they don’t just automatically become an adult. Many grow and molt several times before reaching maturity. In addition, some insect adults like ants look different based on their role in the colony or whether they are male or female.

*PREPARATION--Prepare cards by printing, cutting, and laminating (optional).

*SORTING ACTIVITY—Discuss types of metamorphosis and make an anchor chart as a class, having students record characteristics in their science notebooks. Place students in small groups to sort cards by type of metamorphosis, having students record their results on a T-Chart in their science notebooks. Review student results as a class to discuss and clear up any misconceptions. Discrepancies between student groups are a good opportunity to have students explain their reasoning for placing an insect in a certain category.

*RESEARCH AND REPORT—Assign individual students or partners an insect and have them learn about that insect and his/her role in the ecosystem. Students can research and share what they learn about the insect’s habitat, food web (including predators or prey), location they are found, similar species, cultural or historical significance, adaptations, etc.

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As a Texas teacher, the products I make are designed around the standards for the state of Texas, known as the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and are carefully crafted to help students be successful on the Texas STAAR test. I use the rigor of the TEKS and released STAAR assessments as models and guides when putting together lessons and materials. Thus, I am careful to post products that, in my judgment, address these standards. I am not affiliated in any way with these entities and any and all claims of alignment are my claims, not those of the groups behind the TEKS or STAAR test. Please contact me if you have questions.

TEXAS Science Standards
TEKS 5.10C--Complete and incomplete insect metamorphosis

FLORIDA Science Standards
SC.4.L.16.4--Compare and contrast the major stages in the life cycles of Florida plants and animals, such as those that undergo incomplete and complete metamorphosis, and flowering and nonflowering seed-bearing plants.

Total Pages
8 pages
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1 hour
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