This unit is designed in order to allow students to explore the life cycles of plants and animals, specifically pumpkin, apple tree, butterfly, and frog. It uses Common Core Exemplar texts as well as additional poetry, digital, fiction, and non-fiction literature resources as the basis for instruction. The unit is designed to last approximately two weeks and provides eight lessons. The timing is flexible and can be adjusted for individual student needs and differentiation. This unit is designed by Tiffany Scheer for first graders.