Ch 4: Animals & Life Cycles Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

Teach your students about animals and life cycles in biology with these helpful lesson plans. You can use each lesson plan to prepare for going over topics such as reproductive cycles and hibernation in the classroom.

Animals & Life Cycles Lesson Plans - Chapter Summary

Rather than go through all of the trouble of constructing your own lesson plans on animals and life cycles when teaching science classes, you can use our comprehensive lesson plans included in this chapter. Each lesson plan will provide you with great ideas and resources for teaching your students some of the major animal life cycle topics. Use this chapter to find lesson plans on topics such as:

  • Animal reproductive cycles
  • The life cycles of a frog
  • The life cycles and migration patterns of monarch butterflies
  • Hibernation in animals
  • Farm animals

This chapter also includes short lessons that you can use to help teach these topics to your students.

How It Helps

  • Biological information: Goes over the major scientific facts about these types of animals and their life cycles
  • Key vocabulary: Provides important terms related to these topics, as well as their scientific definitions
  • Classroom activities: Includes creative activities that you can use in your classroom to help your students with some of these topics

How It Works

This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan outlines with relevant tools to make planning animal life cycle lessons easy.

  • Find lesson plans for specific life cycle topics you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your science class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
  • Share the related animal life cycle lessons for each lesson plan with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
  • Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important scientific concepts from the lessons.
  • Engage your students with relevant life cycle-related activities, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.

43 Lessons in Chapter 4: Animals & Life Cycles Lesson Plans
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Animal Life Cycle Lesson Plan

1. Animal Life Cycle Lesson Plan

How did we get here and where are we going? A video lesson takes students through the life cycle of animals and an activity allows students to apply what they've learned. Related lessons and extensions are provided to support further instruction.

Reproductive Cycles of Animals

2. Reproductive Cycles of Animals

While there is a full range of animal life on this planet, the truth is that it all follows the same basic cycle: it is born, it reproduces, and it dies. In this lesson, we'll focus on the reproductive cycles, from sperm and eggs on through adulthood.

Animal Reproduction & Development Activities for High School

3. Animal Reproduction & Development Activities for High School

If you are looking for interesting activities about animal reproduction and development, this lesson has ideas that will keep your students engaged and deepen their understanding.

Animal Populations & Behaviors Activities for High School

4. Animal Populations & Behaviors Activities for High School

Do you need to find activities to help your students understand animal populations and behaviors? Look here! This lesson has various ideas to keep your students engaged and help them figure out why animals behave as they do.

Asexual Reproduction Activities & Games

5. Asexual Reproduction Activities & Games

Teaching students about asexual reproduction will help them better understand single-celled organisms. This lesson offers activities and games that teach students more about asexual reproduction.

Sexual vs. Asexual Reproduction Activities

6. Sexual vs. Asexual Reproduction Activities

Understanding the similarities and differences between sexual and asexual reproduction is an important part of learning biology. This lesson offers some activities that will support your students as they work on this comparison.

Interdependence Lesson Plan for Elementary School

7. Interdependence Lesson Plan for Elementary School

In order to survive, living and non-living things engage in interdependence. Students will enjoy this lesson plan about interdependence, which includes individual observations, a writing activity, and an art project to summarize the lesson.

Interdependence: Lesson for Kids

8. Interdependence: Lesson for Kids

Think of everything you do in a day. Do you have to count on anyone else for help at some point? In this lesson, you are going to learn how living and non-living things depend on one another to survive.

Hibernation Lesson Plan

9. Hibernation Lesson Plan

What is hibernation, why does it occur, and to whom? A text lesson allows students to move through key facts while a research project gives them the chance to dig deeper. Related lessons and extra activities help support ongoing learning.

What is Hibernation? - Definition & Facts

10. What is Hibernation? - Definition & Facts

Hibernation allows animals to survive in harsh climates where others would perish. This lesson defines hibernation, discusses which animals hibernate, and includes some other facts on these awesomely long naps.

Metamorphosis of Organisms Lesson Plan

11. Metamorphosis of Organisms Lesson Plan

Need a simple way to teach students about metamorphosis? This lesson plan uses a text lesson to describe the basics of this scientific phenomenon and an activity allows for active observation.

Metamorphosis: Definition & Process

12. Metamorphosis: Definition & Process

This lesson addresses the concept of metamorphosis. It explains why some juvenile organisms look very different than their adult counterparts. The lesson also distinguishes between the different types of metamorphosis.

Camel Activities for Kids

13. Camel Activities for Kids

Teaching students about animals can be rewarding and fun, but you have to keep them engaged in learning. The activities in this lesson are designed to keep your students excited to learn about camels.

Camel Art Project Ideas

14. Camel Art Project Ideas

Incorporating art into science can be a great way for students to learn and utilize their strengths. The projects in this lesson will help get your students excited about camels.

Life Cycle Lesson Plan

15. Life Cycle Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to teach your students about a life cycle. A video lesson defines the term and provides examples of types of life cycles and their stages as students interact cooperatively with content to show understanding.

What is a Life Cycle? - Definition, Stages & Examples

16. What is a Life Cycle? - Definition, Stages & Examples

In this lesson, you'll learn the definition of 'life cycle' and find out about the three basic stages of a life cycle. You'll also explore examples of different life cycles.

Asexual Reproduction Lesson Plan

17. Asexual Reproduction Lesson Plan

This lesson plan introduces the concept of asexual reproduction to high school students. Students will study and discuss a text lesson, conduct observations of asexual reproduction in plants and experiment with fragmentation in planaria.

Asexual Reproduction: Definition & Overview

18. Asexual Reproduction: Definition & Overview

In this lesson, you'll explore the many varied forms of asexual reproduction used by plants, bacteria, yeasts, and animals that result in offspring that are genetic clones of the parent organism.

Animal Reproduction Lesson Plan

19. Animal Reproduction Lesson Plan

If you are discussing animal reproduction, this lesson plan explores every stage in the process. Students will watch a video, participate in discussion questions, complete an activity and take a quiz.

Overview of Animal Reproduction and Development

20. Overview of Animal Reproduction and Development

At this stage in life, you likely know where babies come from. However, did you know that some animals can make clones of themselves and reproduce sexually too? In this lesson, you'll learn more about sexual reproduction and early vertebrate development.

Bats Lesson Plan for Elementary School

21. Bats Lesson Plan for Elementary School

What are bats and how are they unique? This lesson plan uses a text lesson to highlight important facts about bats. An activity challenges students to create their own bat using an outline of their hand.

Types of Bats: Lesson for Kids

22. Types of Bats: Lesson for Kids

Although bats are feared by many people, they are actually an amazing species. Explore the different types of bats, where they live and what the day (or night) in the life of a bat would be like!

Echolocation Activities & Games for Kids

23. Echolocation Activities & Games for Kids

Learning about echolocation lends itself to other topics like animals and sound waves. This series of games and activities will teach younger students about echolocation by using fun, hands-on teaching methods.

Australian Animals Lesson Plan

24. Australian Animals Lesson Plan

In this lesson plan, students are going to learn more about the natural animals of Australia. They will then complete a small group research project to expand upon their knowledge.

Desert Animals Lesson Plan

25. Desert Animals Lesson Plan

Your students will be fascinated as they learn more about desert animals. They will read and discuss a text lesson, participate in a class activity, complete a group activity and then take a quiz.

Baby Animals Lesson Plan for Elementary School

26. Baby Animals Lesson Plan for Elementary School

In this lesson, the students will learn the names of baby animals and a bit about them. They will also do several activities to reinforce the names of the animal babies.

Baby Animals: Lesson for Kids

27. Baby Animals: Lesson for Kids

All life starts out small. Cats begin as kittens, dogs begin as puppies, and even you began as a baby. Some baby animals have funny names that have been given to them. In this lesson, you will learn more about animal babies' names.

Habitat Lesson Plan for Elementary School

28. Habitat Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Teach your students about habitats with help from this active lesson plan. Students will read a text lesson for direct instruction, make and play a habitats game, then do a project. A quiz can be used to test understanding.

Animal Habitat Project Ideas

29. Animal Habitat Project Ideas

As your students learn about animal habitats, they are also discovering how diverse the terrain, climate, and life forms are across the Earth. These projects provide students a chance to work collaboratively on high-interest activities.

Crayfish Lesson Plan

30. Crayfish Lesson Plan

Examine the unique features of crayfish with your students through a text lesson and modeling activity. Students will use scientific language to describe the anatomy and behavior of crayfish.

Crayfish: Characteristics, Anatomy & Habitat

31. Crayfish: Characteristics, Anatomy & Habitat

Crayfish, crawfish, craw-dads. No matter what you call them, in this lesson we're going to dissect them to find out what they are, where they live, and identify their major anatomical features.

Mongoose Lesson Plan for Elementary School

32. Mongoose Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Teach students about the mongoose with this lesson plan. Students will do some pre-reading questioning, read an informational text on mongooses to answer questions, then take a quiz and do a mongoose activity.

Hedgehog Lesson Plan for Elementary School

33. Hedgehog Lesson Plan for Elementary School

This lesson plan offers your students general information about hedgehogs. Students will participate in class and small group discussion as well as games and art projects.

Groundhog Lesson Plan for Elementary School

34. Groundhog Lesson Plan for Elementary School

What is unique about groundhogs, and why do they have a whole day named after them? This lesson plan uses a text lesson to share key facts about groundhogs. An activity leaves students with their very own groundhog toy.

Coyote Lesson Plan for Elementary School

35. Coyote Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Teach your students about the fascinating coyote with this lesson plan. Students will read our informational text and apply comprehension strategies, complete a coyote project and take a quiz to check understanding.

Moles Lesson Plan for Elementary School

36. Moles Lesson Plan for Elementary School

What lives underground and eats its body weight in bugs each day? A mole! This lesson plan uses a text lesson to explain primary facts about moles before a fun game and activity help to reinforce the information.

Beaver Lesson Plan for Elementary School

37. Beaver Lesson Plan for Elementary School

In this lesson plan, students will learn about beavers. They will engage in collaborative discussion while reading an informational text, followed by writing an opinion piece to show what they have learned.

Life and Living Things Activities for Middle School Science

38. Life and Living Things Activities for Middle School Science

As you prepare your middle school students to study biology, you will have to introduce them to concepts about life and living things. This lesson offers activities that will help make your instruction more meaningful.

Spring Animals Lesson Plan

39. Spring Animals Lesson Plan

In this lesson plan, students will share the task of reading an informative text to learn about the impact that spring has on animals. They will then collaborate in discussion and role-playing to deepen their understanding of this impact.

Animal Kingdom Project Ideas

40. Animal Kingdom Project Ideas

The animal kingdom contains a myriad of fascinating and intelligent creatures. The following four projects will assist your students in learning some of their many characteristics.

Animal Shelter Project Ideas

41. Animal Shelter Project Ideas

Students of all ages need the opportunity to practice active citizenship; part of this is participating in things that help the community. This article contains a list of ideas for how your students can do a service project with an animal shelter.

Georgia Habitat Activities for 3rd Grade

42. Georgia Habitat Activities for 3rd Grade

Georgia is a beautiful state that is home to five distinct habitats. Use these activities to teach your third grade students about each of these habitats and keep them engaged in the learning process.

Habitats and Communities Unit Plan

43. Habitats and Communities Unit Plan

All living things on our planet inhabit a habitat of some kind. This unit plan provides guidance to assist you in covering the world's habitats with your students. Related activities for unit sections are included.

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