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Life Cycles Unit

Life Cycles Unit
Life Cycles Unit
Life Cycles Unit
Life Cycles Unit
Life Cycles Unit
Life Cycles Unit
Life Cycles Unit
Life Cycles Unit
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Common Core Standards
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It’s finally here! This Life Cycles Unit comes packed with 300+ pages of activities and resources for a complete unit on life cycles. Use it as a standalone unit or to supplement your current materials. I even made sure to highlight a few nonfiction reading standards and a writing standard.
The animal and plant life cycles covered includes Crickets & Mealworms, Ladybugs & Butterflies, Frogs & Chickens, Flowering Plants & Pumpkins, Bean Plant (charts only), Humans & Horses, Mammals (charts only)

Aligned with Common Core Science standards 2.L.1 and 2.L.2 and ELA standards.
2.L.1.1 Summarize the life cycle of animals including: Birth, Developing into an adult, Reproducing, Aging and death
2.L.1.2 Compare life cycles of different animals such as, but not limited to mealworms, ladybugs, crickets, guppies, or frogs.
2.L.2.1 Identify ways in which plants and animals closely resemble their parents in observed appearance and ways they are different.
2.L.2.2 Recognize that there is variation among individuals that are related.
2.RI.5 Know and use various text features to locate key facts or information in a text efficiently.
2.RI.7 Explain how specific images (e.g., a diagram showing how a machine works) contribute to and clarify a text.
2.W.2 Write informative/explanatory texts in which they introduce a topic, use facts and definitions to develop points, and provide a concluding statement or section.

This unit includes the following::
5 OUTLINES for easy planning with standards, “I Can” statements, essential questions, the suggested activities for the lesson including assessments.
-1 Unit Outline
-4 Lesson Outlines (Living or Nonliving?, Needs of Living Things, Life Cycles, and All In the Family)

-All About Living Things
-It’s All In The Family

-Color life cycle chart
-B&W life cycle chart
-Easy mini book
-Standard mini book
-Advanced mini book
-Activity page
-Double bubble map for each pair of life cycles
-Exit Ticket Quick Check Assessments (5 Questions)
-Hundreds Board Picture Puzzle
-Board Games for each pair of life cycles
-Research recording sheet

1 35-QUESTION COMPREHENSIVE UNIT ASSESSMENT which can be used as aseparate assessments or a single assessment.


LESSON 1: Living or Nonliving?
Standard: 2.L, 2.RI.5, 2.RI.7
Objective: The students will differentiate between and understand what makes something living or nonliving.
• Is it Alive? Introduction activity for hands-on exploration (choice of 2 pages)
• “All Bout Living Things” Mini book (pages 1-2)
• Living or Nonliving? T-Chart sort
• Living or Nonliving Slides and Ladder Games (2 games cards)
• 5-question Quick Check Assessment (TSW differentiate between living and nonliving objects)


LESSON 2: Needs of Living Things
Standard: 2.L, 2.RI.5, 2.RI.7
Objective: The students will understand all living things have needs to survive. Plants and animals have different needs.
• “All About Living Things” mini book (pages 3-7)
• “Comparing Needs of Living Things” Venn diagram
• No Assessment


LESSON 3: Life Cycles of Animals
Standard: 2.L.1.1, 2.L.1.2, 2.RI.5, 2.RI.7, 2.W.2
Objective: The students will be able to summarize the processes of life for selected plants and animals. Students will be able to compare selected life cycles for similarities and differences.
• Color life cycle chart
• B&W life cycle chart
• (There are currently NO life cycle vocab cards)
• Easy mini book
• Standard mini book
• Advanced mini book
• Activity page
• Craftivity
• Double bubble map for each pair of life cycles
• Hundreds Board Picture Puzzle
• Board Games for each pair of life cycles
• Research recording book with supplemental activities including a writing activity
• 10 5-Question Quick Check Assessments


LESSON 4: All In the Family
Standard: 2.L.2.1, 2.L.2.2
Objective: The students will understand how plants and animals in groups or related are alike and different.
• Intro to genetics lesson idea
• “It’s All in the Family” mini book
• “Wolf!” Parent and Offspring Matching Game
• No Assessment


*Simply copy the booklet front and back and you’re ready to go.

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