Owl Life Cycle Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has an Masters of Science in Mathematics and a Masters in Education

Teach students about the life cycle of an owl with this lesson plan. Students will read a text lesson that explains the stages of an owl's life cycle, examine and summarize information, and apply actively.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • explain the life cycle of owls
  • describe each stage of an owl's life cycle


1 hour


  • Copies of the lesson Life Cycle of an Owl: Lesson for Kids, one for each student
  • Paper
  • Colored pencils
  • Chart paper and marker
  • Prepared role cards of eggs, hatchling, nestling, fledgling or adult
  • Paper cut into quarter size pieces
  • Stapler

Key Vocabulary

  • Hatchling
  • Nestling
  • Fledgling

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.1

Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.3

Describe the relationship between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text, using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause/effect.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.4

Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 3 topic or subject area.

Warm Up and Preparation

  • Give students a piece of paper and have them title 'Owl Life Cycle.' Make a model on chart paper for students to follow.
  • Now have them draw a large circle that covers most of the page and put a dot at the 12, 2, 5, 8 and 10 o'clock spots.
  • Distribute the lesson Life Cycle of an Owl: Lesson for Kids or display the video lesson for the class to watch.
  • Read or watch the first section 'It's the Circle of Life' with students, reviewing the concept of a life cycle.

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