Created with TaskStream Life Cycle Unit Grade 4
Author: Tracey Lawrence
Date created: 09/10/2004 11:41 PM CDT

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Unit Topic
Identify the Stages of the Life Cycle
SC-04-04-03, Science, Technology
Grade 4
This unit is a part of CCSD's Fourth Grade Standards-Based Lessons Notebook.

Teachers have the option to use a variety of activities to integrate technology that is based on the life cycles standard.  Students will be using the internet to research life cycles, as well as use AppleWorks 6 to demonstrate what they have learned in a template.


Standards and Benchmarks Standards compiled from learning activities
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WY - Wyoming State Standards (Updated)
Subject: SCIENCE
Grade Level: GRADE SPAN K-4
Content Standard 1: CONCEPTS AND PROCESSES: In the context of unifying concepts and processes, students develop an understanding of scientific content through inquiry. Science is a dynamic process; concepts and content are best learned through inquiry and investigation.
Benchmark 2: Life Cycles of Organisms: Students sequence life cycles of living things, and recognize that plants and animals resemble their parents.
Assessment Activity (ies)
See teacher instructions included in lesson.

This lesson helps to meet District Content Objective:

District Content Objective:
SC-04-04-03 - Identify the Stages of the Life Cycle (Objective) C-NR - Critical-District Reporting Not Required (CRITICAL OBJECTIVE):  The student will list in order the stages of the life cycle of plants (seed, seedling, adult plant, flower, fruit) and animals (egg, young, adult; or egg, larva, pupa, adult). TEACHING SUGGESTION:  Plant seeds and observe the growth of plants.  Observe metamorphosis of a caterpillar.  Collect and identify common insects.  Take a field trip to a fish hatchery.  Explore this concept through books, films, and pictures.  Have the children classify using a Venn diagram for each of the stages. PROCESSES:  sequencing systems, classification, cause/effect INSTRUCTIONAL LEVEL:  Concrete/Contextual *ASSESSMENT STANDARD:  The student is able to demonstrate an understanding of the life cycles of plants and animals.  The demonstration should include (in order)  the 3-stage life-cycle terms: egg, young, adult; and the 4-stage life-cycle terms: egg, larva, pupa, adult.  It should also of the life cycle of plants include the stages (seed, seedling, adult  plant, flower, fruit).  This demonstration may be in the form of student-generated diagrams, quizzes, or other comparable means.
Unit Rubrics
Expectations and Assistance


Concepts & Skills: Previously Acquired
Students are introduced to the basic concept of a life cycle.  Students understand how to use the internet as a research tool.  Students are familiar with a scavenger hunt using internet sites to find the answers on a student sheet.
Concepts & Skills: Instruction Needed
See teacher instructions in Fourth Grade SB Lessons Notebook or attachment.
Technology Enhancements
All the activities in this unit are technology enhanced lessons.  The teacher may choose to use all or parts of the unit to teach the content objective.


Learning Activities
Correctives and Enrichments
See Fourth Grade SB Lessons Notebook for the Life Cycles Kidspiration activity.
Resources and Unit Handouts
  • Materials and resources:
    See Teacher Instructions
  • Technology resources:
    AppleWorks, IE Explorer
  • The number of computers required is ?.