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This interactive folding notes page is designed to teach students to differentiate between incomplete and complete metamorphosis. It also helps student compare and contrast various types of life cycles including: insects, frogs, birds, and plants. It is important that students understand that all living things have life cycles with distinct forms. The note portion under each tab is fill-in-the-blank. This foldable can be used at lower grade levels as well as in higher grades as a quick review of life cycles. I have used it in an 8th grade classroom but have also given it to 2nd and 3rd grade teachers who teach insect life cycles. I included 7 versions so you can decide which one best fits your students needs. See list below:
• Version 1: Key
• Version 2: Images of metamorphosis are on the front of the tabs and the notes are mid-level
• Version 3: Images are on the front of the tabs and the notes have more blanks/boxes to fill in.
• Version 4: Images are on the front of the tabs and the notes are designed for lower grade levels. It is also fill-in-the-blank but the explanations are lower-level and simplified a bit.
• Versions 5-6 are the same as 2-3 however the images are on the inside of tab with the title of each stage on the front.
Ideas for Use:
• At lower grades, allow students to use it as a coloring page after going over the notes.
• Have students list the differences and similarities between the 5 cycles shown.
• Have your students glue/tape this foldable in their science notebooks.
• I have my students quiz each other with their foldables.
1. Remember this foldable must be copied (or printed) front/back so that it looks like the picture below when folded. Select the “short-edge binding” option in your printer’ layout/2-sided printing settings. Be sure to print/copy the one that fits your class needs.
2. Direct your students to fold and cut as shown in the steps on the diagram.
3. Teacher should lead a discussion on the various stages of metamorphosis while helping students fill in the blanks under each tab. May sure students take time to compare the 5 different life cycles shown. Discuss how all living things have life cycles with distinct forms. A key provides you with the answers to the blanks.
© Marianne Dobrovolny - www.science-lessons.org
Complete and Incomplete Metamorphosis Foldable: Life Cycles Lesson
by Marianne Dobrovolny
is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License
Key Words: life cycle, metamorphosis, tadpole, bird, chick, insect, nymph, larva, egg, plant, complete, incomplete, growth, compare, differences