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A Chance to Grow: Interactive Life Cycle Story (CCSS Aligned)

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K - 3rd, Homeschool
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A Chance to Grow: A Life Cycle Story

By Sandra Rogers

Description: This 15-page document includes a story, glossary, and vocabulary pretest and posttest aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and Next Generation Science Standards. The story covers various life cycles (moth, sunflower, frog, & chicken), as well as the food chain. Students are provided space to draw the lifecycle of the various characters on each page to match the meaning of text.

Fifteen vocabulary words are boldface typed within the story with definitions provided on the glossary page: hatch, Luna moth, cocoon, sprout, bud, famished, tadpole, bullfrog, bulging, rooster, hen, mature, coop, ruffled, and roost. The vocabulary pretest has illustrations and real photos of some of the terminology and asks students to match the word with the image. The vocabulary posttest has the vocabulary with fill-in-the-blank sentences.


Sample text from the story:

Next, the chick found a large striped seed on the ground.

“Please don't eat me,” said the seed, “for I haven't had a chance to grow. My mom says that I will grow up to be a giant sunflower just like her!”

“My mom said I could eat flowers,” said the starving chick.

“Well, you'll have to wait until I sprout, grow leaves, and bud into a flower!” said the seed. The chick agreed to wait and went to search for other food.


The purpose is to have students illustrate and read it to their parents or other students in the school. This would make an excellent literacy center independent project, as well as a great way to integrate science into language arts. I wrote this story for my First Grade students. I used it with my class to create several student illustrated class books during group work---each reading group creates a different book after hearing the story.

This activity correlates to the following CCSS on Speaking and Listening.

Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas:

Kindergartners: #5

Grade 1 Students: #5

Grade 2 Students: #5

Grade 3 Students: #5

Additionally, this activity correlates to Next Generation Science Standard 3 - Inheritance and Variations of Traits: Life Cycles and Traits, 3-LS1-1.

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All rights reserved by author. Permission to copy for single classroom use only.

Electronic distribution limited to single classroom use only. Not for public display.

Total Pages
15 pages
Answer Key
Not Included
Teaching Duration
1 hour
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence that plants and animals have traits inherited from parents and that variation of these traits exists in a group of similar organisms. Patterns are the similarities and differences in traits shared between offspring and their parents, or among siblings. Emphasis is on organisms other than humans. Assessment does not include genetic mechanisms of inheritance and prediction of traits. Assessment is limited to non-human examples.
Create engaging audio recordings of stories or poems that demonstrate fluid reading at an understandable pace; add visual displays when appropriate to emphasize or enhance certain facts or details.
Create audio recordings of stories or poems; add drawings or other visual displays to stories or recounts of experiences when appropriate to clarify ideas, thoughts, and feelings.
Add drawings or other visual displays to descriptions when appropriate to clarify ideas, thoughts, and feelings.
Add drawings or other visual displays to descriptions as desired to provide additional detail.


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