Complete and Incomplete Metamorphosis Activities

Instructor: Shanna Fox

Shanna has been an educator for 20 years and earned her Master of Education degree in 2017. She enjoys using her experience to provide engaging resources for other teachers.

Upper elementary or middle school students can benefit from practicing their knowledge of complete and incomplete metamorphosis. Use these activities to guide students through engaging exercises that require concept comprehension and application.

Complete and Incomplete Metamorphosis Activities

Help your upper elementary or middle school understand the concepts of complete and incomplete metamorphosis by using these team, partner, and independent activities. These two life cycle concepts are easy to confuse, but you can use these activities to guide students through application and practice. Each activity is designed to be a concept review rather than an introduction.

In the first activity, students journal from the perspective of two different creatures that fit the appropriate category. In the next activity, partners sort various creatures and vocabulary terms into the categories of complete and incomplete metamorphosis. In the last activity, student teams develop role plays or skits that depict the cycles of complete and incomplete metamorphosis.

Journaling through the Stages

  • Materials: notebook paper, writing utensils, colored pencils (optional)

In this independent activity, students journal from the perspective of two different creatures - one that undergoes complete metamorphosis and one that undergoes incomplete metamorphosis. You may assign a creature that fits each category or you may want to give students a list of choices so they can select based on their preference.

Instruct students to write the journal entries on notebook paper. Provide colored pencils if you'd like them to add illustrations, as well. Students can share their journal entries with peers or with the whole class. This activity allows students to process and reflect on what they've learned about metamorphosis.

Creature Sort

  • Materials: large paper categories (complete / incomplete), small sorting cards with various creatures and vocabulary terms related to the two categories

In this partner activity, students apply their knowledge by sorting images and words into the appropriate category of complete or incomplete metamorphosis. Provide category sheets and related sorting cards related to each partnership. Have students shuffle the sorting cards and lay out the category sheets on a desk or table. Students should deal out the cards evenly between the two of them.

For game play, partners can take turns placing one sorting card at a time on the appropriate category sheet. If their partner thinks they are incorrect, they can coach and discuss before making a final decision. Circulate to ensure accuracy. After the activity is complete, you may want students to take a short quiz or complete a written reflection to serve as a formative assessment.

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